I’m only twenty, and already I’ve experienced this debate more times than I care to count. This debate being, of course, the same tired arguments offered by both sides, both dismissing the other. I can’t imagine what it must be like for someone older than I am who has experienced this debate even more than I have. Very tiresome.
We have to be careful though: the fact that we have a constitutional amendment protecting this right seems to mean nothing. The fact that we have a right wing majority seems to mean nothing. Republicans are beginning to mix up the gun control Kool-aid, and who knows how long it will be before they start gulping it down – most likely in a pathetic attempt to be considered “hip.”
If we’re going to proceed with this gun control discussion, we have to establish the following points:
A crime is an occurrence in which the rights of others have been violated. If there is no violation of the rights of others, no crime has been committed.
There is no way that the mere possession or ownership of an inanimate object could possibly be considered a crime. You cannot criminalize or justify the criminalization of the ownership of automatic weapons based on the possibility of a crime occurring; an infringement on rights must occur.
In no way could my ownership of an automatic or semi-automatic weapon harm anyone. Moreover, it is entirely my right as a free being to own whatever I care to spend my money on.
This is easy, folks.
I realize that there is no solution here. I’d like to be able to offer one; but there is none, without infringing on the rights of the innocent. (Well, had the FBI looked into the warnings, that might have been a solution… but we can’t talk in terms of “what-if’s”)