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Gun Control for Dummies


I'm pro gun-control. Believing in gun-control does not mean that I believe that no one should own guns--it just means that I think that gun ownership should be controlled (this is usually beyond the grasp of most gunnies, which is why I have to state the obvious here--bear with me).

I find it unbelievable that it's possible to disagree with this belief, but so many do that I have to accept that and try to argue for the obvious anyway. The rest of this post assumes that you are anti-gun-control.

Imagine a world where the buying/selling/use of guns was not regulated in any way. I'm not saying that murder is legal in this world, there are laws against that, but none against simply owning or carrying a gun. Not only that, but there is a constitutional amendment in this world that says that the government cannot pass gun-control laws. Is this the world you want? That is the world without gun-control, and only those without imagination or an understanding of human behavior would choose to live in it.

Now, suppose I lift the amendment restriction and gun control laws can be made. What laws would you enact? Could I prohibit guns in my own home? How about guns in schools? How about private institutions--I own a business--can I prohibit guns in my own place of business? How about a community--could they prohibit guns in their town hall? Could a city decide that they wanted to curtail gun-toting in public places (like the subway or public parks)? How about registration, licensing, proficiency tests, and insurance. We require these for car ownership and no one complains. Is a gun less dangerous than a car? How about in the hands of a felon or in someone ignorant of its use.

I think if you looked into it, you'd find that most gunnies live in remote areas where they don't have to worry about your right to own a gun impinging on their right to live. If they thought about it, they probably wouldn't want to live in an urban area without gun control. But their single-minded focus on removing even minimal control gets in the way of anyone accepting the fact that law abiding citizens should have the (controlled) right to own guns.

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