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NRA's American vision is truly frightening

Robert C. Gordon Old Lyme

Publication: The Day

Published 03/04/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 03/01/2013 11:29 PM

NRA leader Wayne LaPierre believes that more guns mean less crime and advocates nearly universal gun ownership in America with full rights to carry, conceal, and "stand your ground." This is an odd way to establish and maintain civil peace. Carried to a logical extreme it would mean that each of us would be bullied into good behavior by fear of his fellow Americans, all packing heat and ready to kill.

But this will not happen. Most of us will go about our business in the usual way, exercising adequate prudence in a social context of courtesy and trust as natural to us as breathing.

Still, there are those among us who agree with Mr. LaPierre, and we should consider what consequences might follow if their views prevailed. Here are two crucial questions for them and for the rest of us.

First, of the two ways of ordering our society, which would make the conduct of our daily affairs more easy and efficient?

Second, of the two, which would be more helpful when we must band together to confront a crisis or emergency now or in the future?

Now there is an easy quiz!

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