posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 10:25 AM
reply to post by kevinunknown
This ( www.law.harvard.edu...
) is kind of a long read and there are more studies that have
been done on this subject that would confirm these results. You can also find some studies that would contradict, but I suggest looking at the bias of
those performing the study.
I've asked my friend why he is such a big gun proponent and he explained to me the following. He was born in the Philippines and was a young boy when
he moved to the U.S. At that time President Marcos started banning firearms in the nation because there were talks of revolution because of fixed
elections. He remembers police coming to his home and searching it looking for weapons. Shortly thereafter, Marcos gave himself direct powers and
extended his term indefinitely. My friend remembers neighbors disappearing after police would visit them and never be seen again. He has seen this
happen first-hand in the 1960s-1970s. His reasoning for upholding the second amendment is an unarmed people have little to no chance of defending
themselves from a foreign or domestic threat and I understand this and agree.
You said that we no longer need to have guns... that we need to join the 21st century. Please tell me what year this event happened? 19xx... 20xx...
When should have Americans woken up and realized they no longer needed to depend on themselves for defense? I watch the news and read stories of
violence and atrocities around the world and I just cannot see a valid reason to defend myself LESS.
So we don't need guns because there are police and the military to protect us? - I won't depend on that.
So we don't need guns because there are grocery stores to give us our food? - I won't depend on that.
So we don't need guns because a country in the 21st century would never oppress its people? - I'd like to hope so but won't depend on that.
The patriot act and the new health care reform bill are just two examples of taking rights away from Americans in this century.
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (not DEPENDENCE):
"Governments exist to support the rights of men. Governments exist only through the power of the people that they represent. When a government fails
to grant rights to the people and removes the involvement of the people, the people have the right to change their government in a way that will allow
for their unalienable rights to be protected. Governments should not be overthrown for trivial reasons; it is not typical for people to change a
system that they are accustomed to. However, when the people have suffered many abuses under the control of a totalitarian leader, they not only have
the right but the duty to overthrow that government."
Our founding fathers created the second amendment so that IF a tyrannical government takes power in the U.S. we have the capability of removing it,
through force, if necessary. How would you do that if good citizens had no firearms and only that totalitarian government did? I don't see signs of
world peace coming any time soon so I'll continue to support my right to bear arms.