I'm a big believer in an individual's right to keep and bear arms.
The Framers of the Constitution clearly believed in an armed citizenry
to keep eachother and the Government in check.
As Thomas Jefferson said,
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who
are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes." In other
words, gun laws as we know it only affect the law-abiding citizen;
the criminal will always find a way to enact crime, and any law,
by definition, will not phase him.
Prohibiting lawful citizens from protecting themselves only does
two things: 1) empowers the criminal with more assurrance that
he can indeed get away with his crime, and 2) lulls the citizen
into a false sense of security by making them rely on the police
force for protection (who, as even held up in court, has no responsibility
to protect an individual citizen).
If you're a liberal, you're probably thinking "but how many more
children have to die before we get rid of all the guns?".
You honestly think that a criminal, who is intent on killing
those children, will stop when they encounter yet another law?
In a recent poll around various prisons, 85% of the inmates said
they would have no problem getting a gun when they get out;
no matter that it is illegal for a convicted felon to purchase
a firearm. The black market will continue to provide those
intent on committing crimes the necessary items. The only thing
more laws will do is restrict how we can defend ourselves against
them. If, for example, a teacher at Collumbine was carrying a
weapon, there would have been fewer deaths.
of Cowards (great essay)
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