posted on Jul, 3 2008 @ 11:06 AM
The problem of violence in America is not due to guns... the problem stems from the American worship of violence. Given that kind of culture, violence
is going to be pandemic... if not guns, then knives or clubs.
Think about violence compared to, lets say nudity. Anybody can see a ton of pretty extreme violence any night of the week on any television in the
land. Yet one bared female breast gets censored. Remember the flap about Janet Jackson? A huge deal that her breast was exposed. But hardly a word
about the symbolic rape that was being portrayed at the time. Nor the violence inherent in football (I am not knocking football... I am pointing out
the different attitudes in mainstream American culture regarding violence and nudity/sex).
The mainstream American culture worships violence. That worship has begotten a violent culture.
This action by the SCOTUS is one of the few, the very few, things the current court has gotten right.
It's the same tired arguments, but here they are, anyway:
- People who use guns in an illegal manner do not care if it is illegal to have them in the first place.
- Gun bans simply do not work. Drugs are banned, and are available pretty much anywhere one wants to get them. If guns are banned, it will be, and has
been, the same.
- Criminals' biggest fear is not encountering police... it is encountering an armed citizen.
- The huge majority of firearm owners are law abiding citizens.
- More crimes are prevented each year by armed citizens than are committed by armed criminals.
- There is a general reverse ratio relationship between tight gun control and high crime areas... the classics are NYC and Wash DC, with tight gun
control and high crime rates, and Tucson, with relatively free gun ownership and relatively low crime.
One reason for the Second Amendment is to help Americans guard against tyranny, both from within and without the country. Many people say it can't
happen here, but given a disarmed populace, what is to prevent a power-mad administration from just tossing out the rest of the Constitution... like
that pesky limit on the number of presidential terms?
I know of very few totalitarian countries that also had a well-armed general populace. I know of several where the general populace has no arms.