The Second Amendment: A Biography, by Michael Waldman, will no doubt be received with great favor by the liberal media. A reviewer, in this Providence Journal article, makes clear that he himself favors gun control. Nonetheless, he does point out:
Waldmanâ€™s case for gun regulation, then, is well-presented, but would have been much stronger had he avoided reducing gun supporters to sloppy stereotypes, and, worse, not giving their viewpoint the slightest credence. While rightfully deriding the National Rifle Association for abandoning its traditional moderation to become the dystopia-mongering jingo troupe of today, he largely stops there, likely deliberately. If his point that gun rights must be refracted through the problems of this century, not the 18th, is well-taken, that will entail looking beneath his simplified â€śboys with toysâ€ť summation of gun-rights advocates to acknowledge that beneath the â€śFrom-My-Cold-Dead-Handsâ€ť charades their side has a sound logic of its own. The two sidesâ€™ positions may be mutually exclusive, but such are the quandaries of democracy.
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