This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2003-03-09) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

An excellent essay on the issue of gun control. I don't know that I'll ever own a gun, but I'm glad to know that decent people in the United States still can.

UPDATE: The author has done some editing to the prose, and there's a bit more religion in there now than I'm comfortable with. I also realize upon reflection that maybe it's not an "excellent" essay, but it's still quite good, and worth a read.

UPDATE 2016-03-27: What a difference 13 years makes. I no longer feel this way. Revisiting the essay with today's knowledge of how few lives are saved because of guns in public hands, and how many are lost because of them, I'm way on the other side of the gun rights equation now. America's love affair with guns costs too many lives to be tolerated.