Friday, January 25, 2013
The shootings at Newtown revived an emotional debate over whether ordinary citizens are safer having firearms for self-defense or whether guns in their hands are a danger to public safety. Are more "gun-free zones" the answer, more restrictions on gun-ownership, or the reverse, more citizens armed to protect themselves and each other? The right of Americans to keep and bear arms, our Second Amendment, is a legacy from Great Britain yet in the last century our two countries have taken opposite approaches to the issue of public safety. This talk will focus on the paths taken by each country and the impact for their people.