Of Holocausts and Gun Control
Washington University Law Quarterly, Vol. 75, 1997
33 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2017
Date Written: 1997
We argue the connection between the restrictiveness of a country’s civilian weapons policy and its ability to commit genocide upon its own people. Though it is a long step between being disarmed and being murdered – one does not usually lead to the other – it is nevertheless an arresting reality that not one of the principal genocides of the twentieth century, and there have been dozens, has been inflicted on a population that was armed. The essence of deterrence is not to deal with trouble once it starts, but to keep it from starting in the first place.
Keywords: gun control, self-defense, Second Amendment, genocide
JEL Classification: K14
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