el badman wrote:This is beyond absurdity, the whole world can see it, but Americans can't, because of a piece of paper written when fucking muskets were being used.
No, it's not.
This is about the right to self defense. And since I own myself, I inherently have the right to defend myself by whatever means I wish to. That brilliant piece of paper recognizes and uses the law to protect that right. The fact it was written during a period when you were not only allowed to own military arms
, you were expected to and expected to be well-trained with them (no standing army) does not change the fact that humans have that right even if the document is changed or ignored to use the law to violate their rights. (And the fact that other states violate the rights of their citizens is quite frankly irrelevant. If all of Europe jumped off a bridge...)
There is no justification for returning the state of self-defense to that of feudal society where the lords held all the arms and the serfs were defenseless and weak. I have no qualms about saying modern society with more powerful individuals and greater class osmosis is far superior.
This type of tragedy will just keep happening every few months, and we'll create yet another thread for it each time, and the very same things will keep being said in the media and on this site...and nothing will ever be done about it
Because nothing can be.
How would violating the rights of people in Newtown or across the country stopped someone from using illegal guns to shoot people?
How would further violating the rights of Jose Guerena or Kathyrn Johnston have protected them from being killed by morally lacking men with guns?
How much violence will we add to society in attempting to deny the rights of 60+% of the citizenry and trying to confiscate the 300 million firearms?
It's a violence problem. End the violent prohibition of drugs and gun violence rates in this country will collapse. Expanding the peaceful efficiency of drug control to guns (and pushing that entire market underground) will only increase the amount of violence.