Dominic Erdozain: Handguns ‘have no place in a civilian society’

Dr. Dominic Erdozain is a research fellow at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Erdozain studied modern history at Oxford University and earned his MPhil and PhD at Cambridge. In March, he gave this presentation at the Warton Institute for International and Public Affairs.

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Dominic Erdozain’s latest book, “One Nation Under Guns: How Gun Culture Distorts Our History and Threatens Our Democracy,” is, well, what you might expect: an anti-gun tome designed to convince readers that one’s fundamental right to keep and bear arms is deeply wrongheaded.

Truth be told, I have not read the book nor do I plan to. The reason? Erdozain’s exclusive interview with ABC News tells us everything we need to know about the author and his work.

“So I suppose my most challenging chapter is called ‘The Myth of the Law-Abiding Citizen.’ Well, I just show the intimate connection between the good gun owner and the violence that we’re all suffering. And even if these law-abiding citizens are not committing crimes on an individual level, they’re feeding into the narrative and the legitimacy of arms,” Erdozain explained in his interview with ABC News.

In other words, he denies the fact that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people each year use firearms to defend themselves, their families, and their property—what we commonly refer to in the 2A community as defensive gun uses (DGUs).

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On GunsAmerica, we highlight a story every week where a good guy with a gun uses it to neutralize a threat, be it a home invader, a carjacker, or a would-be mass killer. The point of publishing these stories is to make it abundantly clear that personal defense in America is not a “myth.” Responsible gun ownership does, indeed, save lives.

But Erdozain clearly doesn’t see it that way. Consider his take on handguns:

You know, I don’t think any living, breathing person should have a gun, especially handguns. I don’t have any problem with people having shotguns or hunting rifles, which align with the 19th and 20th century traditions of this country. However, I have a big problem with handguns and, obviously, assault weapons, high capacity, high velocity weapons.

He goes on to say that “they have no place in civilian society,” and that the data suggests “families of those people who are in the greatest danger.”

Yep. Crazy, right?

As we all know, the fundamental truth underpinning a civil society is not just laws and governance, but the inherent capacity of its citizens—specifically, the good guys—to employ appropriate levels of force against those who disrupt peace and security.

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When lawful individuals are hamstrung by restrictive gun control measures, their ability to provide immediate defense in critical situations is compromised. This inhibition doesn’t lead to safety. Rather, it paves the way for chaos to thrive. It creates more victims.

History has shown us repeatedly that tranquil times are not the default setting for mankind; they must be vigilantly maintained and actively earned. In stripping citizens of their means to protect themselves and uphold public order, we risk not only the safety but also the very civility of our society.

In this context, Erdozain’s stance on banning handguns isn’t just impractical—it’s dangerously naive.

That said, we would gladly invite Dr. Erdozain to the gun range for some hands-on training. This would provide him the opportunity to fully appreciate the practical aspects and responsibilities of gun ownership. It’d also underscore the essential element he is overlooking, i.e. handguns are a must-have!

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  • Joshua Osborne May 11, 2024, 3:40 pm

    Dummy never had any credibility, but he’d have lost it after saying hunting rifles are ok but not assault weapons with “high velocity”. Just another ignorant hoplophobe without a clue about the inanimate objects he irrationally blames for the decline of our society.

  • Patrick May 10, 2024, 5:00 pm

    I guess Dominic doesn’t remember 1776. Dominic Erdozain needs to go back to England. Indoctrinating college students at Emory University in Georgia. Revoke his visa and throw him out of the USA.

  • Bill May 10, 2024, 2:22 pm

    ‘An armed society is a polite society.”

  • Michael Hayes May 10, 2024, 12:04 pm

    He has no right to be in this country, period. Just leave.

  • AK May 10, 2024, 10:28 am

    Limey f**k.

  • Tim May 10, 2024, 9:46 am

    Neither the speaker nor the moderator seem to be American. What’s up with that?

  • Flight-ER-Doc May 10, 2024, 9:29 am

    Who is he, why does he get an opinion and who asked him?

  • Bob May 10, 2024, 8:53 am

    A complete and utter moron. Just another paid gun grabber wannabe! Take your caboose to England. That’s why England is the way they are. Because they tried to dictate that here and got their booty paddled and sent back to England.

  • Walleye May 10, 2024, 8:47 am

    The problem this bloody wanker fails to realize is the myth that we live in a “…civilian society,”
    Its a dangerous world out there, so arm thyself.

  • Tip Tover May 10, 2024, 8:36 am

    Pandering sells, baby… plus all those pinko talk show… money money. Just tell them what they want to hear. Reality has nothing to do with it.

  • Dr. Ben Dover May 10, 2024, 8:05 am

    See Mr. Dominic be a dick. Don’t be a dick. Actually, I’m chomping at the bit for the next civil war as DEMON-INSPIRED DEMOCRATS (DEMONRATS) & RINO’s are on the program to be eradicated, with extreme prejudice.

    Buck Fiden and Yuck Fou for voting for pedo Joe

    Death to tyrants, tyranny, taxes, wokism, greenies and demonrats everywhere

  • Dan Reyes May 10, 2024, 8:04 am

    Based on his brilliant insight, I think all men are basically rapists. All men carry around the equipment necessary to rape and those who don’t use the tools they have to commit rape are legitimizing the rapists by causing people to think, “Well these other men have the tools and don’t rape others so I guess it is safe to have the tools.” There are good people in the world and there are bad people. The good, do good things and the bad, do bad things. The tools they use aren’t the problem, it is the bad that is in some people that is the problem and the bad people’s willingness to use any tool to help them do bad things doesn’t make the tools bad, it is just the bad person being bad and unfortunately, our courts and government looking the other way when bad people to bad things and let them continue on their paths of ill will towards other. Other than God, the smartest people to have ever lived in my opinion, are those who wrote the founding documents for this country. They had the insight and ability to see situations from an endless number of angles and to frame our founding documents to set the ground work for an incredible country. If our founding fathers decided we should have the right to bear arms, I firmly believe they in their infinite wisdom, they were correct and it is not this right that is wrong in any way but, the way parts of our society pick and choose what parts of the founding documents we should follow and what we should not. We also need a judicial system that punishes those who do not follow the laws and honors those that do, not due to any other factors such as skin color or political affiliation but because it is right.

  • C. A.Pate May 10, 2024, 7:45 am

    I have an answer for him .move to England spare use your drivel Mr.

  • Brannon May 10, 2024, 7:44 am

    Mr. Erdozain has no place in civilian society.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment May 8, 2024, 5:22 pm

    talking out yer ejection port there buddy

  • bobsyouruncle May 8, 2024, 5:03 pm

    Twaddle,Cods wallop

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