This is an unusual post for the CPRC, but we thought that people would appreciate it. The Salt Lake City Tribue has a very interesting op-ed by a guy named Henry Rymer.
In the Wizarding World, everyone carries a weapon and nobody can trust the government. . . .
Given the obvious dangers present within the Wizarding World, children the age of an elementary school student are not only given these incredibly powerful tools as a matter of course, but are also taught from the get-go to use them against those who would seek to do them harm (the so-called “Defense Against the Dark Arts”). If one doesn’t see an obvious parallel (and potential policy prescriptions) to our robust Second Amendment culture, then may I make the recommendation that a stop at the optometrist may be in order. . . .
Without a doubt, Harry Potter stands as one of the most pro-gun pieces of fiction written in the last half a century. That it took over 20 years for someone to point out is the real surprise. Similarly, the series demonstrates to the reader that a healthy skepticism of those in power is not only a nicety, but a necessity. . . .Henry Rymer, “Harry Potter’s real lesson is guns and libertarianism,” Salt Lake City Tribune, February 28, 2022.