My latest post at Learn Liberty explores the close parallels between certain arguments for immigration restrictions and gun restrictions: A common argument for restricting immigration to the United States and other developed countries — maybe even the most plausible one — runs like this. Opening the borders will bring in people who will consume more … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Immigration Restrictions? The Same Thing That’s Wrong with Gun Control
Jordan Rappaport, "Moving to Nice Weather," Regional Science and Urban Economics. U.S. residents have been moving en masse to places with nice weather. Well known is the migration towards places with warm winters, which is often attributed to the introduction of air conditioning. But people have also been moving to places with cooler, less-humid summers, … Continue reading Today in Neat-o Research
I probably shouldn't be surprised, but I still am. The New York Times unsigned editorial opposing the Supreme Court decision overturning the Chicago gun ban is one of the most poorly reasoned editorials I've ever read. Two excerpts: Once again, the court’s conservative majority imposed its selective reading of American history, citing the country’s violent … Continue reading NYT: “Guns Are Bad, Because… We Say So”
A very sad story out of the UK, where a taxi driver has shot to death 12 people and wounded 25 others at latest count. The UK of course enacted a complete ban on handguns after a similar massacre in 1996. Today's murders were apparently committed with a rifle.