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.