The time has come to repeal the Second Amendment.
It no longer serves a valid purpose, and the harms inflicted upon our society by the sloppiness of gun manufacturers, retailers, and owners are unacceptable.
The way I see it, there are three groups of people who think they benefit from the Second Amendment – hunters, self-defendants, and crazy people who think that they’re going to stave off tyranny with their deer rifles.
The first group, I’m sympatico with. I used to hunt when I was a kid, and I’d happily do it again. So, let’s set this thing up where guns can be made available to them under far more secure circumstances. No more shotguns and deer rifles in closets and under beds, or WalMarts stocked with weapons waiting for the first looter to get there. For people who want to use guns for their hobbies, like hunters and skeet shooters, let’s do what we can to keep them happy. Their hobby, however, doesn’t strike me as one rising to a level justifying Constitutional protection. They ought to be on the same Constitutional footing as philatelists and bird-watchers.
As for the self-defendants, I can understand where they’re coming from. On one occasion, when I was swept up in fear, I wished that I had a working pistol and the knowledge of how to use it. But, the fear passed, and the real root of my fear was my imagination.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t times that having a pistol would do people some good. But it’s a cycle. Most of the reason people think they need guns is because they think others have guns (and sometimes, they’re right). But, speaking from personal experience, I’ve lost a lot more friends and relatives because other people had guns than because there were too few guns around. If you want to defend the Second Amendment on a cost-benefit analysis, you’re going to wind up losing.
Finally, the anti-tyranny crowed blew their chance when then allowed the government to “usurp” their authority to own machine guns and nuclear weapons. Theoretically, these people had a point a long time ago, but, now that technology has made muskets an ineffective choice for governmental overthrow, let’s not let them kid us. Private gun ownership is not going to prevent governmental tyranny, no matter how carefully you’ve studied Red Dawn.