Magazine September 12, 2016, Issue

Target Practice

The War on Guns: Arming Yourself against Gun-Control Lies, by John R. Lott Jr. (Regnery, 256 pp., $27.99)

In the course of this God-awful, drink-inspiring, litter-runt of a presidential election, it has become common to hear it said in certain of the Right’s more histrionic quarters that conservatism has failed and needs to be burned swiftly to the ground.

As a proposition, this has little to recommend it. One rarely improves upon the prospects of anything by setting fire to it, and, besides, the claim itself has the intractable problem of being false. In fact, conservatism has achieved an enormous amount in the last half century, and, had it been permitted to take the Republican party’s reins this year,

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