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Tue, Mar. 18th, 2008, 06:31 am
courting

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Oh.. what a can of worms that is...

Are there any well regulated militia in existance anymore? I don't see them as necessary to the security of a free state. I think this amendment is obsolete and in need of update.

I guess we will see what the court decides...

Tue, Mar. 18th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
lil_cherub

if you outlaw guns, then only the outlaws will have guns.

I was just reading about the same thing on CNN. Assault rifles don't have any place in our society. We are not at war on our home soil. Handguns, like a .22 on the other hand. I don't have a problem with people having guns IF they keep them safely secured. While they give a sense of safety and protect the family in the event of a break-in, all too often kids find guns and they accidentally go off. Still - they help protect the homeowner.

I don't own one personally and I have no plans to, but don't like the feds taking apart the amendments.

Tue, Mar. 18th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
lawful_evil

Keeping them safely secure makes them obsolete for defense. No criminal is going to wait while you run upstairs unlock the gun safe, recover the weapon, and load it.

I don't have a problem licensing them for particular activities(police, security guards, fbi, private investigators, bounty hunters, hunting(because you need the food, not for sport), target practice at a licensed range, etc). I might not even have a problem with it if you had to be a member of an organized and regulated militia.

Anyone I encounter on the street with a gun is going to be treated like an outlaw(by me anyway). I don't have a problem with the outlaws having guns, that'll make it easier to arrest them as you won't have to wait for them to do anything else, you can just arrest them for possession of a firearm.

The only valid self defense argument I see is for like Alaska or something where you might exit your house only to find a bear attacking you or something like that.