Yes, well guns is a special case because it does have very dire consequences for misuse
of other people’s freedom. So, you know, the general libertarian perspective or principle
that I should be free to do what I want as long as I don’t restrict your freedoms from
doing what you want. That is the freedom for me to swing my arm ends at your nose. Okay,
so guns are a special case. I’ve long been pretty much against gun control. That is people
should choose to do what they want. I’ve since gone back and forth on this mainly because
the rates of accidents and suicides and homicides is so high when guns are readily available.
It is a complex statistical argument in both directions. More guns, less guns, more crime,
less crime. Which way does it go? Which state? Which county? Carry and conceal laws. So this
is one of the more complex social science problems I’ve ever looked into. And I have
to say it isn’t really obvious other than if you look at states like in most European
states that either – where no one has guns or almost no one has guns. They have nothing
like even remotely like the gun violence we have. So clearly if no one had guns we wouldn’t
have a gun problem. That said that’s never going to happen in America.
There are about 320 million guns on the streets, in people’s homes or whatever. We’re never
going to take them back. No one’s going to go house to house like Nazis breaking down
the doors and stealing people’s guns. That’s never going to happen. So in fact the Supreme
Court has voted twice in 06 and 08 and particularly the Heller case, handgun case in Washington
D.C. It is protected by the second amendment. That’s not going to change anytime soon.
So let’s face up to that and see if we can do something to just reduce the carnage. Like
why are people allowed to buy AR15s and AK47 rifles? What are those for? I grew up hunting
with shotguns. I had a 20 gauge and a 12 gauge shotgun. Shotguns are used for shooting birds
out of the sky. Or certain rifles are good for deer hunting. Okay, I get all that. And
handguns for self-defense – okay I understand. I’m not going to have one in my house. Too
many risks there. But still if you want one okay. But what’s the purpose of an AR15
or an AK47? It was designed to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible.
And of course that’s exactly what it’s used for. Target practice? I don’t know.
Maybe I guess. Some people say they enjoy that. I don’t know. But there I would say
the risk is too high of it being misused. And as we’ve clearly seen in recent terrorist
attacks anybody can get one. They’re not hard to get. And that’s a problem.