For some time now, I’ve been keeping up with The Becker-Posner Blog. They are a pair of professors at the University of Chicago, and always an interesting read. It is cool to read two different perspectives on the same topics.
The most recent pair of posts are on the topic of gun control. It’s an interesting idea, from an economic angle. Mr Becker sees the tool of increased taxation as a viable method of legislating changes in culture. And he puts in the way to counter the black market movement of arms is to increase the cost (punishment) for dealing in that world.
Posner’s commentary, I think, is the more interesting. He does not buy the argument that Americans buy guns solely to counter the criminals being increasingly well armed. We have a gun culture in this country, and a proud one.
I’m not going to state my position on things here (and admittedly, they’re rather fluid). I would love to think there was an easy solution. And if there was a way to grasp the causes of these mass-murder preludes to suicides, I’m sure the problems on this would be easier to solve. Still, I’ll put up my views on gun control as part of another post.