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Twenty reasons to support stricter gun controlPosted Monday, January 14, 2013, at 8:41 AM
* Banning guns works, which is why New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago cops need guns,
* Washington, D.C.'s low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis' high murder rate of nine per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control,
* Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at guns shows rather than in gun-free zones like schools,
* A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet,
* An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum, the intruder will get really angry and kill you,
* The right of Internet pornographers to exist cannot be questioned because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self-defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights,
* Free speech entitles ones to own newspapers, transmitters and computers, but self-defense only permits the use of bare hands,
* We should ban "Saturday Night Specials," and other inexpensive guns because it's not fair that poor people have access to guns, too,
* Private citizens don't need a gun for self-protection because the police are there to protect them even though the United States Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for protecting civilians,
* The more helpless you are, the safer you are from criminals,
* Most people can't be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which most people will abide by because they can be trusted,
* We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid,
* In spite of waiting periods, background checks, finger printing, government forms, etc., guns today are too readily available, which is responsible for recent school shootings. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, and by mail order ... no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms, and there were no school shootings,
* The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which was created 130 years later, in 1917,
* The National Guard, federally funded, with bases on federal land, using federally owned weapons, vehicles, buildings and uniforms, punishing trespassers under federal law, is a "state militia,"
* These phrases: "Right of the people peaceably to assemble," "Right of the people to be secure in their homes," "Enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people," and "The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people," all refer to individuals, but "The right of the people to keep and bear arms," refers to the government,
* "Assault weapons," have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of people. The police need assault weapons. You do not,
* Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control, but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control laws are enacted are "just statistics,"
* The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994, are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which started declining in 1991, and continued to decline after the laws expired, and
* Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers, but revert to normal when the weapon is removed.
United States Constitution, Amendment II, Ratified 1791:
"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."
The Second Amendment is not about the type of weapon or amount of ammunition I need, but is about the weapons and ammunition I desire to feel safe and deter autocrats and the government is denied the power to abridge that right even if it is something I don't really need.
Significant portions of this blog were excerpted from Michael Z. Williamson's excellent and witty piece, "It's amazing what one has to believe to believe in gun control."
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