The Morally Serious Arguments from Gun Proponents
Jeb Golinkin acknowledges the "quasi-Hobbesian" arguments advanced by gun rights advocates.
[T]hese are morally serious objections that ought not be parodied or dismissed without consideration. In light of all of the illegal weapons that all sides concede are out there, ought the government be able to tell individuals that they may not carry weapons to protect themselves when it has not shown the capacity to stop the madmen, even if it means that the madmen themselves are on some level empowered? It’s a hard question to which there are no easy or obvious answers.