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Title: Una società armata è una società libera
Authors: Stagnaro, Carlo
Keywords: libertarianismgunsnatural rights
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Carlo Stagnaro, "Una società armata è una società libera", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, V (2003) 2, pp. 1-17.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
V (2003) 2
Guns are mere objects. Preventing people from owning them, or limiting their availability, is an
infringement of the natural right to property. Guns are also a peculiar good, since they are the key for
the protection of liberty and property. In this perspective, gun control is not about guns: it is about
control. In fact, government growth may be slowed by private gun ownership. A tyranny is unlikely to
occur where people are armed. Historical evidence confirms this point: for example, Adolf Hitler
disarmed the German Jews as a premise to their genocide. Moreover, statistics show that private gun
ownership does not increase gun accidents or crime; indeed, when private citizens are armed,
criminals tend to strike less, or to strike in less lethal ways. Criminals fear armed citizens much more
than police forces. Gun control laws, however, are extremely effective in the disarmament of lawabiding
citizens; much less in disarming outlaws. The right to keep and bear arms should be
maintained where it is recognized, and restored elsewhere. Italy belongs to the latter category.
Libertarians’ efforts to reduce the size of government require private gun ownership, because privately
owned weapons are the only, sensible obstacle to the rise of Political power.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
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