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Guns in the home, for defense

September 15, 2013 - Harry Eagar
I'll bet that, today, Officer Kittrick wishes that woman had been in the NRA and had had a gun handy so she could have shot the scary black dude herself, instead of leaving him to do it.

A modest proposal from RtO: In debates about the 2nd Amendment, can we abandon the one-to-one calculus of "bad guys shot" compared to "good guys shot"? I propose that when people in trouble seeking a Good Samaritan are shot to death, we should apply a multiplier (say, 3) to the total.

That is, when exercising your 2nd Amendment rights and shooting one traffic accident victim or little kid asking for a drink of water in the night, those deaths should NOT be treated as equivalent to shooting a carjacker. They should be treated as much worse. much more socially damaging.

(A personal prediction: A college friend who lived in that Tennessee Williamsian boarding house [precisely, its twin next door] I wrote about the other day ["Freedom, yeah," Sept.8] and today lives near the site of Kittrick's crime posts regular FB updates on gun safety courses he teaches, but I bet he won't mention this.)


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