November 30, 2008

Rights.

I read quite a bit about supressing the second amendment, these are usually the same people who decry any suggestion of doing the same to the first amendment. The basic premise is the second amendment is just so dangerous. I would argue that Freedom of Religion, Press and Expression is much more deadly to a population. I feel both are very important to protect.

Black Friday, when people get up way to early to buy things, was marred by violence. In every case I have read it was because of people behaving badly. The Toys-R-Us shooting and the Walmart trampling had any number of bad choices by people, mob mentality and just idiotic reaction. The common theme here?

people...

5 comments:

Joe said...

Yeah. On the one hand, idiots with guns frighten me. On the other hand, I'm pretty damned attached to the bill of rights.

The current compromise -- banning the most powerful weapons -- angers both sides of my brain, so it's probably a good one.

flyingvan said...

I've seen plenty of accidental discharge victims, and domestic heat of the moment shootings at work. I've never responded to a call where someone shot someone else defending their home or property. I don't believe a household is safer with a gun than without one. Guns are necessary, though, and they need to be as powerful as the ones government has in case forceful removal of the government by the people becomes necessary.

Lee said...

Idiots with Cars frighten me, lets break that down. Idiots with something that can harm people frighten me.

shoo said...

Flyingvan: you wouldn't see many calls about people defending themselves with guns: by far the vast majority of times a gun is used in defense, it is merely brandished. If discharged, typically a warning shot is used. Actually needing to shoot someone in self defense is exceedingly rare.

Stella said...

Yes, agreed, Lee. My mom always called cars a "lethal weapon." I live in urban L.A. Using crosswalks can kill ya.