Thursday, January 10, 2013

On Gun Control

New Jersey Governor Christie and others have said that to avoid recurrences of the Newtown massacre we must accomplish a laundry list of reforms: magazine sizes, mental health, violence in movies and games, drug abuse, etc.  Nothing should be done until everything can be done.  This is an old debating ploy called "letting the perfect be the enemy of the good."  In other words, let's not do anything until we can do everything and do it perfectly.  It seems to us that control of assault semi-automatic weapons and large ammunition magazines can be accomplished quickly and easily and will certainly curtail the madness even if nothing else (no matter how worthy) is done.  Let's get on with it.

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