An experiment in folly
by Iain Murray
June 21, 2001
WASHINGTON — When we read about children carrying weapons, of course we worry. Their inexperience and naiveté can lead them to do stupid things with tragic consequences. Therefore, it is only natural that one response should be to push for more restrictions, to make it more difficult for children to get access to weapons. If it works for children, why shouldn’t it work for adults?
If we want to stop criminals carrying guns, for instance, wouldn’t the best way be to restrict everyone’s access to them? One of the best ways of checking hypotheses like these is to look at actual tests of the theories.