2nd Amendment Arguments- B.S.
- 2009/11/11 07:23:29
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I am so tired of hearing and reading these 2nd Amendment arguments for why there shouldn’t be stricter gun control laws.People can quote the Constitution all they want, all day long, until they’re blue in the face as far as I’m concerned. The right for the people, as individuals, in this country to own guns is not absolute and should never be. When the 2nd Amendment was written it was written by people who feared a tyrannical government and had fled such a government.
In order for a tyrant to take over this country, with the checks and balances that we have in place that have worked for over 200 years, a candidate or potential usurper would need the support of over 280,000,000 people. The possibility that another Hitler could take over this country does not outweigh the fact that tens of thousands of American citizens die due to guns and many, many more are injured.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
However, I’ll just leave these here:
"Since the Second Amendment right 'to keep and bear arms' applies only to the right of the state to maintain a militia, and not to the individual's right to bear arms, there can be no serious claim to any express constitutional right of an individual to possess a firearm." (Stevens v. U.S., United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1971).
“We conclude that the right to keep and bear handguns is not guaranteed by the Second Amendment." (Quilici v. Village of Morton Grove, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1982).
Abridgement of rights is necessary and valid. No one truly has the right to free speech. There are all sorts of abridgements on that right. You don’t have the right to libel someone. You don’t have the right to incite violence with something you say. According to the imminent danger rule, you don’t even have the right to stand up in a crowded movie theatre and yell, ‘FIRE!’ You would be arrested and tried for those things. Oh, but what about free speech and the 1st Amendment? Yeah, you don’t truly have the right to absolute free speech when your 1st Amendment rights infringe on the rights of someone else. Why can’t the right to own/carry a gun be the same way? The lax gun control laws and enforcement of the laws that are in place in this country are a direct infringement on the populace’s right to public safety.
I won’t even entertain the ‘prohibition’ argument that, ‘If guns are made illegal, than only the criminals will have them! I need to protect myself against them!’ That is straight up horse shit. The FBI reports that there are about 340,000 gun thefts in this country every year. A very large number of those guns are manufactured and purchased legally. What happens to those guns that are bought legally and then stolen and then sold for criminal purposes? They commit violent crimes, they kill innocent people, they injure innocent people, and they feed in to the vicious cycle that this country finds itself in currently.
I’ll end this with something my father always said to me, “Your rights end where mine begin.” I have the right to feel safe. The people in this country have the right to feel and, more importantly, BE safe. No one is safe while criminals and the mentally ill have the ability to walk into a gun and knife show, walk over to a private dealer and just buy a gun right over the counter. No background check, no forms, nothing except a receipt (if the dealer even gives those). All that comes from that is cash in the dealer’s hand and a gun in the criminal’s/crazy person’s hand. That is ridiculous. That is not safe.
That is NOT what the 2nd Amendment was intended to protect.
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