In New York, Gingrich envisions a world of gun-owners
Newt Gingrich thinks more people in Darfur should have guns.
Speaking last night at the New York State Republican Party's annual dinner in Manhattan, Gingrich said that in "a place like Darfur, if the helpless were able to protect themselves, there'd be fewer murders, fewer robbers, fewer rapists."
The Republican presidential candidate, who is out of contention but still running, said he recently called for the United States to propose a treaty to the United Nations declaring the right to bear arms a "natural" right of all people.
His idea got a friendly reception from the Republicans in the room, but as an actual foreign-policy proposal, it would probably be regarded by the rest of the world as something of an outlier.
The New Yorker has a piece in this week's issue about the country's "crazy" gun laws in which writer Jill Lepore says there are as many guns in America as people, giving us the highest rate of civilian gun ownership of any country on the planet.
"The second highest is Yemen, where the rate is nevertheless only half that of the U.S," Lepore writes.
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