Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Questions for gun fans
If you mention the whole text of the 2nd Amendment instead of just the parts the gun crowd likes, you get tortured "reasoning" that boils down to saying "Well, we don't have militias any more but the obvious intent of the Founders was that EVERYONE GETS TO HAVE GUNS."
In other words, the text of the Constitution needs to be interpreted in light of modern circumstances.
Meaning there are no originalists in gun-fan foxholes.
Even the current far-Right Supreme Court majority said guns could be regulated, just as the 2nd Amendment requires.
So--tell me--what gun regulations do you folks advocate--regulations that you feel properly balance the individual rights you obsess about exactly as much as the far Left does--with our collective responsibilities to each other?
Here are some possibilities:
1. Gun registration--a complete audit trait that can be shared between all government agencies, resting on top of a biometric ID database for every individual who's an American citizen or is physically residing within our borders.
2. Making unlicensed exporting of firearms/ammo a felony if it isn't already.
3. Forbidding possession of firearms by anyone determined to be mentally unstable, even if they haven't committed a crime (yet). This would depend on that universal ID biometric database keeping a dossier on everyone.
4. Banning private possession of military weapons/ammo--anything capable of automatic fire, anything with a magazine larger than 10 rounds, any add-on magazines with larger capacity.
a. How about 50 cal. machine guns set to fire single shots, with primo sniper scope mounted--like what master sniper Carlos Hathcock used in 'Nam?
b. High capacity magazines. Good for self defense against SWAT squads. And why might you want self defense against SWAT squads? Face it--to be able to defend yourself against a massive assault you'd need Claymores, a rooftop machine gun nest, etc. Society can't survive when individuals are so armed.
c. RPGs (Rifle-Propelled Grenade launcherss). I just want to hear a gun guy admit that RPGs, while "arms" that can be "born," represent too much firepower for society to allow individuals to bear.
d. Hand grenades.
e. Automatic rifles (BARs, SAWs etc.).
f. Dum-bum bullets (designed to kill people by kind of exploding inside a body).
I could go on--but feel free to suggest your own regulations. Or your argument to repeal the 2nd Amendment to remove the requirement that arms be regulated.
Lastly, and on that thought, if you had a chance to repeal and replace the 2nd Amendment with a new one, how would you word it?