The American Way


(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Here we talk across the pond a good bit, and one of the things we notice is how different we and the cousins are in our relationship with weapons, guns yes, but even edged weapons. It goes back far into our history and has shaped the development of both countries. In a surprisingly good article, The Washington Post delved into it a bit.

This essay is based in part on Nicholas J. Johnson, David B. Kopel, George A. Mocsary & Michael P. O’Shea, “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights, and Policy,” 2nd edition (Aspen Pub. 2017).

It is widely agreed that the United States has an exceptional gun culture. Although Great Britain is America’s “mother country,” the two nations have very different arms cultures. Why so? Historically, two reasons were especially important in the early colonial period:

1. The practical differences between conditions…

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