Paradox at the heart of the American way

Whether it's guns or money, the price of extreme individualism can simply be too high for the common good, writes David McWilliams.

23rd December, 2012
The man who buys a gun is safe only if no one else buys a gun. But if everyone buys a gun in order to make themselves more safe, everyone becomes more likely to get shot.

Can you imagine if all the casual sociopaths that you knew in school, the sort of lads to whom you'd generally give a wide berth, could buy guns with the same ease as they buy Mars bars or laptops? Imagine if all the small-time psychopathic drug dealers - not the big ones, but the two-bit lads starting out in their ascent of the criminal ladder - had assault rifles in the back of their pimped-up...

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