Jeffrey Goldberg's article from this month's issue of the Atlantic is available online and worth a read.
While Goldberg goes into some areas of gun control that many may or may not agree with he absolutely comes to some startling conclusions to hear in a very left leaning magazine. My favorite? When Goldberg discusses the Long Island Railroad shooting back in 1993. Goldberg had been a commuter at that time and recalls his thoughts:
"I shared - and continue to share - the view that muscular gun-control regulations, ones that put stumbling blocks in front of criminals seeking firearms, are necessary. But I was also seized by the thought that, had I been on the train, I would much rather have been armed than unarmed. I was not, and am not, under the illusion that a handgun would have necessarily provided a definitive solution to the problem posed by Colin Ferguson. But my instinct was that if someone is shooting at you, it is generally better to shoot back than to cower and pray.
Another great passage:
"There is no proof to support the idea that concealed-carry permit holders create more violence in society than would otherwise occur; they may, in fact, reduce it. According to Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and the author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, permit holders in the U.S. commit crimes at a rate lower than that of the general population. "We don't see much bloodshed from concealed-carry permit holders, because they are law-abiding people," Winkler said. "That's not to say that permit holders don't commit crimes, but they do so at a lower rate than the general population. People who seek to obtain permits are likely to be people who respect the law." According to John Lott, an economist and a gun-rights advocate who maintains that gun ownership by law-abiding citizens helps curtail crime, the crime rate among concealed-carry permit holders is lower than the crime rate among police officers."
Take the time to read the article here. It's a well thought out and well rationalized article. More importantly, it may be one of those tipping points in the gun control debate that continues to show that gun ownership has become the mainstream point of view.