The recent Connecticut massacre got me thinking about gun control. I remembered a chapter in Robert Murphy’s book “Chaos Theory” where he shows how a libertarian/stateless society could work. Starting at page 35 he tackles the issue of gun control. To secure contracts, individuals would have to have insurance. The insurance company would be held financially responsible for the damage the individual causes. Premiums might be higher if an individual keeps lots of guns. Premiums for mentally sick people might also be higher. I think insurance companies would do some kind of background check before offering insurance to a person. In conclusion, in a stateless society, it’s likely that only responsible people can have guns. Crazy people would be discouraged from having guns because of the higher premiums.
If we think that in a libertarian society, there might be some kind of gun control, shouldn’t we also think about the implementation of gun control laws, even if exercised by the government now?
I really don’t know what to think about this. What are your thoughts?
(http://library.mises.org/books/Robert%20P%20Murphy/Chaos%20Theory.pdf) p. 35