Guns as an Individual Right?
The week after Texas authorized concealed weapons a few years ago, an old dude pulled out his handgun and blew away a Philippino American during the course of a fender bender argument. No charges filed.
Adlai Stevenson, Democratic presidential candidate, blew away a childhood playmate while playing with a gun.
The last stats that I saw on deaths by guns in America was a total of around 30,000 with half of those either suicides or family killings or accidental deaths in the home. One has to stretch far for a self-defense use of guns in the home. One such happening that was telling was the killing by a wife of an husband with whom she had been battling for some time. Her story — “We heard a noise outside and he handed me his handgun and told me to shoot anyone suspicious while he went out to investigate.” She did — it was her husband. Classified as accidental death. One need only use one’s imagination to figure variations on such where the only witness is the one who did the shooting.
The bottom line here is that the Supreme Court has put all of us who live in major cities and elsewhere at needless risk by translating an ancient amendment framed to protect new Americans should the British return to attack — not to license frontier justice. The justices who voted this should be ashamed of themselves. I can’t believe that they are not aware of the facts above or that this was not just another right wing in your face decision. What next?
Needless to say civilized demoracies do not allow private rights to guns and the murder rates in such as the European countries are a small fraction of those in the U.S. They see this move as just another American barbarity — which it is.
And think of the additional risks to our law enforcement agencies!
Lock and Load
The Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling on gun rights is a decision that will cause immeasurable pain and suffering and turn America into a more dangerous country.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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