reply to post by Kali74
Almost all of the obviously stereotypical "right-leaning" pro-gun (and by that I specifically don't
mean everybody pro-2nd amendment) posts on
ATS that I've seen recently show extreme symptoms of psychological "splitting"; that is dividing an issue/population/etc up into two extremes
(black/white, right/left, good/evil) and insisting those are the only two that exist in a meaningful way. It's a very fallacious way of viewing the
I consider myself fairly liberal, perhaps a left leaning-centrist. That means I'm automatically bait to have insults hurled at me on many ATS boards
I don't like the idea of taking away anyone's existing liberties without a really
good reason; that's supposed to be what 'liberalism' is all
about. That applies to the second amendment as well (plus I'm also a gun owner). I've never particularly approved of the democratic supposedly
"default" position on gun control.
That being said, the world is not black and white; it never has been. We accept some limits on the first amendment and we accept some on the second
(no speech only for the purpose of immediate harm and no automatic weapons or heavy military weaponry).. For both of these we have, as a society,
determined that they do not, can not
, be absolute. We have created an artificial line on both of these rights where one side is acceptable and
the other side isn't. Sometimes those lines have to be adjusted a little bit.
I would hope we don't need to "move the line" on the limitations we place on the second amendment, I'd much prefer to see the other measures put in
place first (100% background checks, etc).
However, if congress does decide to "move the line" (and it can only be done by congress+president) that doesn't mean it's going to lead to complete
illegalization of gun ownership. The Slippery Slope is a logical fallacy!
We, the people, can
decide it goes no further, it stops here
as long as we have a free press and free speech. If some type of federal legislation is put in place
as a 'stepping stone' and then further along there comes additional attempts push it down the slope I'll be the first one organizing people to make
serious noise/change in congress.
edit on 26-1-2013 by jsipprell because: spelling