more likely it is that their victim will be armed. There are responsible gun owners and irresponsible gun owners. But the logic is faulty, and a close look at it leads to the conclusion that the United States should ban private gun ownership entirely, or almost entirely. Fully automatic firearms are legal in most states, but have requirements for registration and restriction under federal law. If you resist that conclusion, you have little choice but to accept that our easy access to all manner of firearms is a large part of the explanation of why we kill each at a much higher rate than our counterparts elsewhere. Among adolescents and young adults, rates of suicide by firearms doubled during the same period (Kellermann 467).
New England Journal of Medicine 327.7 (1992 467-72. Many writers have pointed out the folly of such laws, but only Snyder exposes their truly immoral nature: "Now if the essence of man's dignity is his capacity for moral judgment, his capacity to know and choose between good and evil then zero tolerance policies. Place and manner legislation sets out to do as it suggests, to limit certain uses of firearms in certain locations. The suit alleged that handgun manufacturers and distributors were guilty of marketing guns in a way that encouraged violence in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. A provision of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 prohibited further registry of machine guns manufactured after it took effect. Besides 750 pages of these original documents, the book also offers an appendix of the full text of state constitution Bills of Rights from the Founding Era. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom, have very strict limits on gun possession while others, such as the United States, have relatively modest limits. In 2011, the Gallup poll showed that 26 supported banning handgun possession. The same theme is best expressed in Snyder's chapter on zero tolerance laws, in which he recounts the story of an eight-year-old who was sent to a reform school for a month because she bought her grandfather's antique pocketwatch, with a one-inch pen-knife attached,. Widespread gun ownership in a community could provide a general deterrent to criminal predation, lowering the risk to owners and non-owners alike.
He introduced an NRA-backed proposal to put armed guards in all schools in the.S., which he called the National Model School Shield Program. Perhaps the most influential article ever written about gun ownership, Snyder's original public interest essay challenged the notion that reliance on government employees for protection is morally superior to protecting oneself.