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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gun Control: Does it really matter?

Does gun control matter? The answer to that question comes from how you feel about the constitution, our bill of rights, and of course what you think about guns. There are many sayings and cliché on the topic, sayings like “if you out law guns, only outlaws will have guns”. One thing to do is to separate the emotional view from the interpreted view. The emotional view is easy, do you like and support guns or not? The interpreted view comes from the second amendment, “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”. Some people thought the modifying clause in the second amendment was “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”, and that they did not mean that people had the individual right to bear arms. Only that the states had the right to create a militia for its protection. So what about the phrase “the people”, does it suggest that both the “collective” and the “individual” have the right to bear arms. Notice there is nothing in there covering the specifics of the arms. We understand that assault rifle’s and automatic weapons did not exists, however they did not specify guns, swords, bow and arrows or any other kind of arms thus giving the conclusion we can choose the arms we want to bear.
Does it really matter? Do you really think crime will go down when assault rifles, machine guns and hand guns are outlawed? I say no. Most of the politicians running around say things like they would ban assault rifles and handguns, they are only speaking to a crowd who emotionally doesn’t like guns anyways. Simply put, guns don’t kill people-people kill people. We you look at the amount of gun owners compare to crimes you will find over 98% of all gun owners are non-violent and only use them for sport. As an American citizen we have the right under the constitution to bear arms, it does not have any limitation on the kind of arms we can bear. Our right to bear arms was given to us to allow us to have personal protection, to protect our life, liberty and property.

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