Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thought of the Day: We Already Have Effective Gun Control... For the Elite


Do you think they allow guns into Congress and the state legislatures, where gun laws are made?  No, they have the best security there to keep the guns out: guards and dogs and cameras and metal detectors and x-ray machines.  Talk about gun control, there it is, in practice.  Congress critters don’t want to be threatened, they want to feel safe.  And the same is true for the corporate offices, where dwell those who have so much control over Congress.  If Congress and the elite want to feel safe by posting guards and security machines to keep the guns out of their space, then in parallel the whole country should posting guards and security machines to keep the guns out of all public spaces -- schools, malls, movie theaters, churches.  That’s what would be needed, with so many weapons floating around society. 
But that would be too much surveillance, yes?  And it could be used for other nefarious, and tyrannical, purposes.  So the rational response is to pass reasonable gun restrictions and control weaponry at the point of production and of sale, and regulate who can carry them and when.  Hell, even many old west towns used to make you turn your six-shooter in to the sheriff when you entered the town’s jurisdiction.  
And don’t tell me that the Second Amendment says you can’t control guns -- it clearly ties gun ownership to militia membership, and thus to the protection of the community.  Unlimited ownership of guns is a clear threat to the community and thus a corruption and perversion of the Second Amendment. 
The Second Amendment says, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state...," the people should have a right to carry arms.  The Founders put that clause there to protect the safety of the people from the dangers of a professional standing army, and from gangs of bandits and thieves.  The Roberts Court, ignoring the historical reality that weapon ownership is a collective, public thing, ruled a couple years ago that people have an individual right to own weaponry.  They were wrong.  In my view anyone who's in the Guard or Reserve has the right to own a weapon -- and only people in the Guard and Reserve.  For everybody else it's a privilege, one that can be restricted as necessary for the safety of the people.  The purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the safety of the people, not allow unregulated ownership of weaponry that harms the safety of the people. 

1 comment:

  1. Congress will not pass even uncontroversial, common-sense laws regulating semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 assault rifle used in the Aurora massacre. So how do they really feel about guns? They use guards and dogs and cameras and metal detectors and X-ray machines to keep all the guns out. Then they talk to the cameras about how much they support the 2nd Amendment.

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