Gun Control: Political Fears Trump Crime Control

38 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2008 Last revised: 27 Jan 2013

Clayton E. Cramer

College of Western Idaho

Joseph Edward Olson

Hamline University - School of Law

Date Written: February 20, 2008

Abstract

As the debate over the 1976 District of Columbia gun ban demonstrates, "gun control" often covers for a hidden agenda. British Cabinet papers declassified in 1969-70 demonstrate that contrary to claims made in Parliamentary debates, the intent of the Firearms Act 1920 was not to reduce or prevent crime, but to prevent a feared Bolshevik revolution in Britain. Direct statements by members of the Cabinet demonstrate an intent to mislead the public about their objectives.

Keywords: firearms regulation, Britain

Suggested Citation

Cramer, Clayton E. and Olson, Joseph Edward, Gun Control: Political Fears Trump Crime Control (February 20, 2008). Maine Law Review, Vol. 61, p. 58, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1083528 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1083528

Clayton E. Cramer

College of Western Idaho ( email )

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

Joseph Edward Olson (Contact Author)

Hamline University - School of Law ( email )

1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States

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