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Tom Harvey
Tom Harvey is a retired business owner. He and his partner built and ran a successful manufacturing company in Maryland. Tom served in the army (as an armament maintenance officer) and has degrees from St. John’s College and Johns Hopkins University. He blogs at

Entries by Tom Harvey

Police Shootings as Accidents

(5) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Some deaths from police shootings are crimes, ranging from negligent homicides to outright murder; but it's very difficult to know how many and nearly impossible to be sure about any particular case. We have had almost no success in dealing with these incidents by attempting to hold particular officers responsible....

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What's Wrong With Gun Registration?

(33) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:05 PM

I live in Maryland, whose nickname is the "Free State," and I am no less free because of the laws in my state require registration of handguns and prohibit the more dangerous varieties of firearms, magazines and ammunition. In fact, I feel more free because I have less fear of...

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Do Expanding Numbers of Guns and Permits Mean We Need Expanded Liability Laws?

(11) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:00 PM

We have now had two massively publicized cases where Florida's Stand Your Ground law has worked to prevent an effective deterrent for the outright killing of unarmed young persons. The planting and suggestion of the idea that now is the time for vigilantes does more damage to a civil...

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Our Ever-Expanding Three-Way Arms Race

(23) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 2:27 PM


The overwhelming presence of guns in the United States is the result of an arms race -- a three-way arms race. Potential gun owners are persuaded to get guns with the newest technology designed to be more deadly in each generation. Much of...

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Guns as Dangerous and Privileged Products

(95) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:32 PM

There are many special laws that give firearms special privileges compared to anything else in our society. One of the worst is the exemption from ordinary safety regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Gun lobbyists being such as they are, it's not easy to find this loophole slipped...

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I Have a Right to Hate Guns

(93) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:42 PM

I'm not sure that I do; it's not that simple; but I certainly have the right and plenty of reason. I shouldn't have to hide my position. I should be free to state it clearly, directly and simply and say:

• It's much too easy for people of bad will...

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If You Let Your Guns Get Stolen, You're a Menace to Society

(210) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 3:30 PM

The vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible people, perhaps more responsible than average; but their guns are still dangerous. The greatest danger is to the gun owners themselves or their families. After all, more than half of the gun fatalities are suicides; and accidents,...

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The Case for Compulsory Gun Insurance

(199) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 7:18 PM

We are not going to get rid of firearms in our county even though the public is becoming distraught about the unbearable level of gun deaths and injuries. Some blame our historic gun culture while others blame deranged individuals for the tragedies dominating the news. Most nations protect their...

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Guns and Suicide: Worse Than Just a Means

(100) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 7:51 PM

Numerous articles by academics and in the general media have expressed a concern that access to guns contributes to the number of persons who succeed in killing themselves because they are so effective and easy to use. A famous study made in 2007 by the researchers at the...

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Gun Control -- Save Our Children: The View from the White House Sidewalk

(87) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 12:26 PM

It sank in slowly. I was in the parking lot at a grocery store that Friday when I heard that a school in Connecticut was locked down. I thought "Overreaction" and time passed and then we knew. I'm so close to my 6-year-old grandson. At 70, I'm reconciled to being...

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Do We Need Gun Insurance for Concealed Carry Permits?

(421) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Now that Illinois has become the 50th state to allow citizens to carry guns hidden under their clothing, it is a good time to look at how the general public feels about being exposed to them. Some people do believe that guns do make us safer, but a lot of...

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