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Wendy McElroy Article Archive


Beans and Bullets and Bear Markets. Oh my!
It used to be that only survivalist cranks and their sympathizers expounded on 'the coming economic collapse' that would devastate society. Intellectually-speaking, people would cross to the other side of the street when they saw such an exponent coming. Read more

Who Polices the Police?
Without police, there could be no police state. Every tyrannical law needs flesh-and-blood enforcement agents who are willing to break down doors at midnight and spit on human rights. Without them, unjust laws are nothing more than ink on paper. But with them, no door is strong enough to stay closed against government; no home is safe. Read more

Why Do Good Men Do Nothing?
In his book Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents (1770), the British philosopher Edmund Burke wrote, "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one." This sentiment has survived as "All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." Why do good men do nothing in the face of evil, especially when evil aggressively invades their lives? Read more

Anti-Gun Myths Harm Women
It is rare for a prestigious institution to nakedly compromise its research integrity to promote a political agenda. Yet this is what the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) does in an anti-gun press release (April 17) that trumpets its recent study on the murder of women.
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Girls, Get Your Guns
The spotlight on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's position on abortion has shone so brightly that the issue has overshadowed another controversial question: Where does he stand on gun ownership? It is just one example of how gun rights have been temporarily pushed aside.
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Gun-Proof Your Children
On May 9th -- Mother's Day -- the "anti-gun" Million Mom March will gather on the West Lawn in D.C. in protest. Meanwhile the pro-gun Second Amendment Freedoms for Everyone (SAFER) will rally nearby. Both organizations claim to speak against violence and for children's safety. Yet each espouses diametrically-opposed positions on gun legislation. Who really speaks for children? Read more

Do Gun Control Activists Pad Gun Death Statistics?
Last week's release of police documents and evidence (sorry - link expired) on the April, 1999, Columbine school shootings has sparked many questions -- not only on the specifics of Columbine but also on the general issue of guns. The answers are unsatisfying on all counts. Read more

The Right to Self Defense
On June 27, in the case of Castle Rock v. Gonzales, the Supreme Court found that Jessica Gonzales did not have a constitutional right to police protection even in the presence of a restraining order.By a vote of 7-to-2, the Supreme Court ruled that Gonzales has no right to sue her local police department for failing to protect her and her children from her estranged husband. Read more

Women with Guns Fight Back
Women need to defend themselves, especially single women or those with husbands overseas. And the media has a responsibility to discuss honestly the issue of gun ownership. The John Walsh Show on NBC may have dealt a blow (4/29) to both goals by "ambushing" three women who agreed to discuss their gun ownership and advocacy on air. Read more

War May Redefine Gun Control
Despite the high emotions that surround war -- or perhaps because of them -- people are focusing again on "normal" life. But what is normal has shifted in ways both obvious and subtle. Consider how war has affected just one issue: the debate over gun control. Read more

Arm the Afghan Women
It is commonplace to assume that toppling the Taliban will free Afghan women. But in an unstable country where soldiers celebrate conquest by raping — and where there is currently no guarantee that whatever form of government eventually assumes control will not be equally oppressive toward females — women have to protect themselves to remain free. Read more

 


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