Gun Control: Separating Reality from Symbolism

Journal of Contemporary Law, 1994

19 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2017

Date Written: April 15, 1994


This Essay distills of two speeches whose common themes are the apparent disregard by gun control advocates of civil liberties and civil rights issues, the largely adverse criminological research conclusions, and Second Amendment constitutional scholarship. Criminological research and analysis over the past decade has grown progressively more hostile to arguments for disarming law abiding citizens. But, Constitutional scholarship over the same period erases any doubt that the Second Amendment guarantees law abiding, responsible adults full freedom of choice to possess firearms.

Keywords: Second Amendment, gun control, constituiton, crimonalogy, self-defense, civil liberties

JEL Classification: k14

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Kates, Don B., Gun Control: Separating Reality from Symbolism (April 15, 1994). Journal of Contemporary Law, 1994, Available at SSRN:

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