Of Holocausts and Gun Control

Washington University Law Quarterly, Vol. 75, 1997

33 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2017

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Daniel D. Polsby

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Don B. Kates

Deceased

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Polsby, Daniel D. and Kates, Don B., Of Holocausts and Gun Control (1997). Washington University Law Quarterly, Vol. 75, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2927770

Daniel D. Polsby (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Don B. Kates

Deceased

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