Science Fiction – Story Set in the Future

The premise of the book / short story I read at least 40 years ago was

that society had reached a "balance of power" by allowing everyone to

carry guns and use them at will. Since every first class citizen was

"packing," there were little or no shootings since no one wanted to

get shot. There was a special "neutral" class of citizen who went

unarmed and unmolested, rather like Swiss neutrals. Does anyone

remember the name of this book / short story and who was the author?

Thanks. DW

Request for Question Clarification bypinkfreud-ga

I believe you are remembering "Beyond This Horizon," by Robert A.

Heinlein. The famous quote "An armed society is a polite society"

comes from this novel. In "Beyond This Horizon," nearly everyone is

armed. Those who do not carry guns wear an emblem called a "peace

brassard" to indicate their weaponlessness.

There is a brief synopsis here:

Is this your book?

Clarification of Question bytiger6322-ga

"Beyond This Horizon" certainly sounds like the same story. I will

try to obtain a copy and see if it is the premise I remember. Thank

you very much for responding so quickly. You're terrific! — DW

Request for Question Clarification bypinkfreud-ga

If you should decide that "Beyond the Horizon" is the correct book,

please let me know, so that I may post it as your answer and collect

the fee.

Request for Question Clarification bypinkfreud-ga

Oops. In my remark above, I meant to say "Beyond This Horizon," not

"Beyond the Horizon."

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