The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen.
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From the Right
David French in National Review:
“When facing the big questions about guns — such as whether America should ‘ban’ an entire category of weapons (such as ‘assault weapons’) — it’s better, I think, to go back to the first principles embodied in the Second Amendment.”
If you’re looking for an argument that explains why keeping assault weapons legal is so important to some supporters of the Second Amendment, look no further than Mr. French’s column. Rooting his reasoning in Justice Antonin Scalia’s writing on the subject, Mr. French explains how any gun-control efforts must be evaluated based on these “twin purposes” of that amendment: “the amendment protects a person’s individual inherent right of self-defense and empowers the collective obligation to defend liberty against state tyranny.” Read more »
A. Barton Hinkle in Reason:
“Collective punishment should offend not just gun owners, but any American who believes in individual responsibility and due process.”
Mr. Hinkle proposes a gun control solution that protects gun rights: the “gun violence restraining order.” Such an order, he writes, would allow friends and family who suspect that someone may pose a danger to himself or others a way to alert law enforcement and prevent that person from acquiring a gun. The idea is particularly appealing to Mr. Hinkle because it avoids punishing the majority of law-abiding gun owners by tightening gun laws across the board. Read more »
From the Left
Rebecca Klein in HuffPost:
“There’s an abundance of evidence suggesting that more school security means more vulnerable students getting funneled at an early age into the criminal justice system.”
A possible consequence to the proposal to make schools safer by adding more police officers is a potential negative effect on minority students. As Ms. Klein points out, black children are already more likely to be arrested on school grounds for relatively minor infractions like vandalism. When you add more police officers at schools, she writes, the “school-to-prison pipeline” only grows. Read more »
Osita Nwanevu in Slate:
“That ultimately may be what galls conservatives about Stoneman Douglas’ teens most of all: They suggest the notions underpinning our status quo gun policy are infantile, beneath even them despite their youth.”
Mr. Nwanevu addresses those conservative commentators who have criticized the Florida teenagers who are speaking out on gun control. If any gun control measures result from this tragedy, he writes, “we’ll have the kids, and only the kids, to thank.” Moreover, referring to the conservative columnist Ben Shapiro, he points out that “young, supposedly precocious voices like his have proved deeply important to the modern conservative movement since at least 1960.” Read more »
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