"First, honesty is the product of accuracy and completeness. — Trust is the product of honesty.

Hence the improvement in my initial response. Consider it my “rough draft.” "

Fair enough, I respect that. However your final sentence is quite patronizing.

Your argument based around self-defense, with the deeper implication of citizens defending themselves against a tyrannical government, is a common one. But I think it's unfounded.

I live in Canada, where we have far fewer guns per capita than the U.S. Not only do I feel safer with fewer guns around, but I also have never feared that the Canadian government will come trample on people's fundamental liberties. Canada is, generally speaking, a safer and more compassionate society than the United States. A big part of that is thanks to our universal healthcare, but fewer guns plays a role as well. I always tell Americans who feel they need a gun to feel secure to come to Canada.

Lastly, I hope you recognize what a massive boondoggle Americans' fear is for the gun industry. They are making money hand-over-fist because they have successfully monetized Americans' fear of one another. It's no coincidence that the gun lobby, led by the NRA, has developed catchy slogans about "good" vs "bad/evil". I hope you will admit that moral hazards like greed play a central role in this whole issue.

2018 winner of the Dalton Camp Award for essay-writing. M.A. Political Science. I'll go to the mat for the Oxford comma.

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