"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
"There is a lot of talk coming from CitiGroup about how Dodd-Frank isn't perfect, So let me say this to anyone listening at Citi —I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces." -- Elizabeth Warren
There's nothing to evade. You are the one ignoring the truth. If you wish to trade essential freedoms for safety, that's your business.
And it's a hypocritical perspective anyway, since, as mentioned....all Americans are exposed much more equally to the danger of death and injury by cars every day. And yet, there's no outcry to ban or further restrict cars. It's not a balanced perspective but it's illuminating nevertheless.
Anyone who understands the 2nd amendment issue knows that anti-2nd amendment trash tend to work in baby steps. They do not want just anti-tank missiles banned. They want certain semi-automatic firearms banned under the guise of assault weapons bans.Then they will semi-automatic firearms not deemed to be assault weapons to be banned too. They want to prevent poor people from owning low cost firearms under the guise of Saturday night specials bans.And they to want to impose severe taxes on bullets,costly license fees, and implement costly useless things to make firearms even more expensive and thus harder for even middle class people to afford. They want to ban 20-30 round standard capacity magazines under the guise of high capacity magazine bans. Then they move onto banning 15,10 and even 5 round capacity magazines. They want to turn something that is constitutional right into state granted privilege much like driving on a public road is. While doing all of this they utter the lie that no one wants to ban firearms or take your guns away.To them, there just isn't anything between "private ownership of antitank missiles" and "confiscate every gun and any device that makes loud gun-like noises."
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Again. Fear of firearms is OK, but you shouldn't let it cloud your mind.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
We are collectively insane as a nation. Reading through this thread is like reading through a manifesto by a psychotic. We keep wanting to blame everything other than what is truly at fault in these conditions. There are some indisputable facts in this case.
1. Guns, particularly handguns, are DESIGNED to kill and or maim.
2. Gun rights advocates will always blame either the person wielding the gun or the person that allowed someone to wield the gun.
3. Guns, particularly handguns, have been made EASY to get largely through gun rights advocates and their legislation.
4. There will always be dumb people, ignorant people, mentally ill people, violent people and smart people that do dumb things on occasion.
5. When you combine numbers 1,2 and 3 with 4 you get the COUNTLESS examples of gun violence perpetrated in this country.
Given the 5 indisputable facts above what is the most effective way to eliminate the perpetual gun violence in our country. Is it more effective to try and make dumb people smart? Insane people sane? Ignorant people educated? Smart people perfect? Or is it finally time to decide that we need strict regulation on devices that are specifically designed to kill and maim people.
Again we are insane as society if we can believe that the proliferation of guns in this country is not DIRECTLY related to amount the gun violence we have.