Can Guns Be Controlled?

Brian Doherty reviews Craig Whitney's Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment. Doherty rejects Whitney's call for further limits on gun ownership:

Whitney is obsessed with being more stringent in using the information accessible to our existing Brady Law background check system to ensure no one labeled as psychiatrically disturbed or a drug abuser can own a gun. He ignores the reality that the vast majority of people in those categories never use a gun in a criminal way and deserve to own guns for purposes of protection or recreation the same way other Americans do. While we may agree a mass shooter is ipso facto psychiatrically disturbed, it is frequently the case that they have never been authoritatively labeled that way such that a background check would matter. Gun crimes remain mostly outside that part of life which laws or kings can cause or cure.