Guns and Abortion
I guess I should say something about the most recent discussion on guns in the United States. My take is that the answer to the problem of gun violence rests on changing culture rather than law.
The right to own a gun for self-defense and the right to have an abortion are both constitutional freedoms that many people reject as too costly (in other words, they kill lots of people). In both instances, though, if you ended the rights in question there would be plenty of lawbreaking that would be even more costly. So what is the upshot? You can have regulations that marginally restrict the activity, but they are largely symbolic (say, banning partial birth abortion or things that are characterized as assault weapons).
Another solution involves just persuading people that the act in question is wrong or unnecessary. This is much harder and far less satisfying because it concedes that the activity will continue, but in terms of reducing the harm it’s probably the more effective answer.
I wonder whether gun control proponents will start moving in the direction of direct protests (say, outside their local gun shop) the way anti-abortion activists target clinics.