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At the intersection of the academic and think tank worlds there is almost no complicated issue that can’t be solved with an outrageous proposal. A new idea from that quarter to solve the “gun problem” is to legally enable America’s firearms manufacturers to act as a “cartel.” Stunning. So, the problem to be solved is not the criminal activity and the complicated societal causes. It’s all about the gun.
Here is the opening argument in a short essay, co-authored for the left-leaning Brooking Institution by a Yale University lawyer and economist and a University of Texas law professor, respectively. The prose is replete with the elitist, self-evident as they define gun-control terminology we have come to expect:
Tasks - Struggle - Gun - Control - Legislation
One of the more daunting tasks in the current struggle to pass sensible gun control legislation is how to neutralize the political power of gun manufacturers who potentially have hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
But there is a straightforward, if perverse, way to co-opt the gun industry into supporting some restrictions: Help firearm manufacturers cartelize their industry. Congress could immunize gun manufacturers from antitrust liability — making it legal for them to collude and raise gun prices.
Revelatory - Thinking - Sentences - Firearms - Manufacturers
With so much revelatory and condescending bad thinking packed into these sentences, it’s hard to know where to start. To begin, firearms manufacturers, like most businesses, want to be independent entities, operating in a market that even with the considerable regulations now in place still allows for innovation, customer responsiveness and competition. They would not go gently into a co-opted cartel future. Nor should they. It’s not the American way of business. At least these academics admit it’s gun control by other means.
The authors want to control guns so...
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