Guns Ownership and Human Rights

The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 1-13, 2003

11 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2005

See all articles by David B. Kopel

David B. Kopel

Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law; Cato Institute

Joanne D. Eisen

Independence Institute

Paul Gallant

Independence Institute

Abstract

Responding to an article in the previous issue, this Article suggests that gun prohibition has often been harmful to human rights. We examine Jamaica, Bougainville, Karamoja (Uganda), and East Timor to detail the futility of attempts to prohibits, and to detail how such attempted prohibitions harm other human rights. The article also notes that, while gun control does not itself cause genocide, almost all genocides have been preceded by sustained efforts to disarm the victim populations.

Keywords: Human rights, genocide, firearms, small arms & light weapons, Jamaica, Bougainville, Karamoja, Uganda, East Timor

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Kopel, David B. and Eisen, Joanne D. and Gallant, Paul, Guns Ownership and Human Rights. The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 1-13, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=742684

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Joanne D. Eisen

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Paul Gallant

Independence Institute ( email )

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