By Harry F. Hambrick, Jr.
It is a mistake to advocate for gun control through attempts to convince gun supporters that some of the various proposals for gun control are so limited that they are reasonable restrictions. The National Rifle Association and many individual gun-rights supporters have long had a first-step or slippery-slope attitude. There is no gun control proposal, however limited, that they will ever regard as reasonable.
Limited gun control is said by pollsters to be a slight majority position in terms of absolute numbers of Americans. But limited gun control, much less truly effective gun control, is now and will continue to be for some time a minority position in the context of our representative democracy.
Hambrick is a lawyer. He lives in Roanoke.