Let me explain my position on guns: I don't have any, I guess I am taking chances with my life and my family's. I think I've reduced my chances of getting shot as a young black man by the company I choose, and the area in which I live. But who knows. I could become another statistic involving a random act of violence at any moment.
Ethan - I've called you an incorrigible troll (as recently as the past couple of days) - I'm rethinking that. You're young, and with youth comes this bubbling optimism in the area of problem solving. I like the thought provoking background you put into some of these, and I'm starting to detach you from the a wants and Rexes of the world.
It would be awesome if we lived in a world where you being a young black man is no longer an issue. Likewise, it would be wonderful if nobody required guns, ever.
In short, for those of you tl;dr, when does the 2nd not apply? Hand-held nuclear laser vaporizers?
This is the kind of stuff where you lose me - when does the 1st no longer apply, or the 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. - these are natural rights that predate the constitution - they exist through the operation of natural law and are only codified and reinforced in the Bill of Rights. ALL rights are subject to reasonable restriction. The right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater is the classic example of where speech can reasonably be restricted - how that somehow evolved to no one can say anything offensive to anyone ever, except towards white Christian males (and yeah, I can see where we've had that coming, but it doesn't make it right), is beyond me. When people lose the right to say offensive things, communication ends and all you get is hollow politically-correct tripe, in my opinion.
Nuclear weapons and explosives are categories of destructive devices that are not properly designated as "arms". Arms are classically the weapon of the common foot soldier. I personally believe that semi-automatic rifles, the AR-15 in particular, is the perfect examplar of that concept - if you go to basic military training for any of our services, whether you do an initial active stint, or serve in the reserves or national guard, you will be taught the proper use and maintenance of the weapon (I was, anyway).
You, along with the often hapless NRA, are actually sharing a platform with these people.
That's ALWAYS going to be the case. For every reasonable conservationist, there are organizations like PETA and Earth First. For every 1st Amendment advocate, there are crazy ACLU cases that don't make sense. For every Seventh Day Adventist, there is a guy like David Koresh. For every person suggesting we shouldn't use the n-word, there are advocates who suggest calling POTUS "liberal" is a racist code word. This does not invalidate the core of the reasonable person's position.
Reasonable restrictions on the 2nd Amendment cannot mean that nobody can keep or bear "arms".
When you go to the shooting range, do you shoot at a target with the shape of a human being, or a deer?
Those aren't the only choices, you know? You can get circles, birds, just a whole range of things at which to shoot. I select human sillhouettes because my arms are for self-defense. Your question belies the fact that you falsely believe that the 2nd Amendment has something, anything, to do with hunting or recreational shooting. It does not. It is, to quote Ice-T, "...the last line of defense against tyranny. To protect us from the police." What is implied there is that this will only occur if necessary
I love law enforcement, but I can't vouch for 100% of them. I am not in favor of being disarmed, for any reason, for any length of time, because I know how that music ends - it ends with me having no chair.
Good luck with it, man. Many young people are idealistic, like yourself. My position on arms remains - having the power to effect change, if necessary, is far more comforting than being helpless and at the mercy of others or the authorities. Imagine the thought of having 2 or more attackers pounding at your door, straining at the locks, wood and metal, hearing the screams of your family as you calmly call 911, then feeling the calm leave as the operator tells you the officers have been dispatched and will be there in approximately 4 minutes and you look at your watch as the longest 4 minutes of your life begin.
NOW, imagine, instead, you're well armed and prepared. The call goes a little differently, "Hello, this is Ethan L at 123 Pine Street. We've had an incident. A couple of guys tried to break in. I shot them. One is still just inside the front door, the other stumbled north towards Oak Street, but we can't see him anymore. Please send someone. Thank you."
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