Archive for the ‘Glenn Reynolds’ Category

Today’s Quotes

December 6, 2007

Ace nailing the democrat policy.

“Perhaps this will get the troop death rate up to a level the Democrats are happier with.”

Glenn Reynolds on the BBC

Because nothing says “journalistic detachment” like helping terrorists brush up on their fire-and-movement skills.

Global Village Idiot

I find it ironically amusing that “our” puritans come not from the “Moral Majority,” but from the radical secular left. Radical feminists try to take the fun out of sex; radical eco-nutters try to take the fun out of a walk in the woods; radical vegans try to take the fun out of dinner, and so forth.

Dave in Texas

Communism has certainly been working on its image over the last 20 years, hasn’t it? It’s been repackaged as the First Church of Climate Crisis and Care.

A faith-based initiative.

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A good Civil Rights Discussion

May 9, 2007

Glenn Reynolds answers a stupid question from Andrew Sullivan:

ANDREW SULLIVAN ASKS: “If gun rights are civil rights, why would anyone feel the need to hide the fact that they own one?”

I think the short answer is that gun rights are about security, and we’d rather keep the criminals guessing. In addition, doubt about who owns guns generates what economists call “positive externalities,” meaning that if a substantial proportion of homeowners have guns, or if a nontrivial number of people out-and-about are carrying concealed guns, potential burglars or assailants have to allow for the possibility that a victim or someone in the neighborhood might be armed. That produces a deterrent effect that benefits even those who do not possess guns This is why, for example, we see fewer burglaries of occupied homes in the United States than in countries like Britain with strict gun controls — breaking into an occupied home is dangerous. Meanwhile, on a more personal level, those who are armed would prefer to have the advantage of surprise. I should also note that there’s a difference between owning guns (the “keep and bear” business) and carrying guns, which is what the whole CCW permit thing is about. That distinction is explained at some length here.

But I’ll turn the question around: If abortion is a civil right, why would anyone object to having a newspaper publish a searchable database of people who’ve had one?

Read the whole thing, plus the links.