Gun rights mean so­ci­ety is bro­ken

The Week (US) - - News - Fiorenza Sarzanini

Cor­riere della Sera Italy doesn’t need an Amer­i­can-style stand-your­ground law, said Fiorenza Sarzanini. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Mat­teo Salvini of the far-right League party has al­ready achieved his dream of loos­en­ing Italy’s gun laws, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for Ital­ians to buy semi­au­to­matic ri­fles like the no­to­ri­ous AR-15, used in so many U.S. mass shoot­ings. Now he’s close to pass­ing a law that will make it eas­ier for peo­ple to kill home or busi­ness in­vaders with im­punity. Salvini is al­ready crow­ing about his im­pend­ing vic­tory, re­as­sur­ing a mer­chant from Arezzo, who shot dead a thief last month, that “with the new law on self-de­fense he will not be tried.” That’s not a good thing. For the rule of law to work— any­where—the state must have a monopoly on vi­o­lence. “If peo­ple are en­ti­tled to use a weapon to de­fend them­selves,” that means state se­cu­rity has bro­ken down. Do we re­ally want Italy to be­come a land of “do-it-your­self jus­tice,” where ci­ti­zens seek “pri­vate re­venge”? Salvini has said that he plans to hire 8,000 new law en­force­ment of­fi­cers by next Fe­bru­ary, as long as he can find the money. That’s a much bet­ter strat­egy than en­cour­ag­ing Ital­ians to arm and pro­tect them­selves. Sure, we have to pre­vent thieves from bust­ing into our houses—“but it must be the po­lice­men who do that.”

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