Why Gun Laws Often Have Little Impact

In his book  "Restoring the Lost Constitution", Professor Gary Barnett of Georgetown University refers to the concept of the  "moral duty" to obey the law.  Isn't that what is missing in Chicago?  The 'moral duty' to obey the gun laws....which essentially prohibit the ownership, much less the discharging, of hand guns within the city? Professor Barnett speaks of the 'legitimacy' of the law....that the law be must be just and palatable to be good law.  He cites Thomas Aquinas ....that only just laws ' have the power of binding in conscience."  Strangely, Illinois is the only State in the Union to prohibit a licensed concealed carry arrangement.  Are the gun laws in Chicago 'unjust' and illegitimate?  That would seem a poor excuse for the actual discharging of the gun, but it might apply to the ownership and self defense use prohibitions. Maybe conscience and moral duty are the missing elements in Chicago's gun slinging neighborhoods. So, where...(Read Full Post)

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