I reread my April post on Jill Lepore’s fantastic article about the history of gun control legislation.
Given my pre-occupation, since the Aurora shootings, with gun control legislation, I wanted to re-post what she wrote about the possibility of a vigilante society:
Gun-rights advocates say that the answer is more guns: things would have gone better, they suggest, if the faculty at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Chardon High School had been armed. That is the logic of the concealed-carry movement; that is how armed citizens have come to be patrolling the streets. That is not how civilians live.
When carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense is understood not as a failure of civil society, to be mourned, but as an act of citizenship, to be vaunted, there is little civilian life left.