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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 10, 2017, 08:41 PM

12. I respect your choice not to own them, but I insist on owning them. Does that disqualify me?

Most people who insist on having a gun are by definition highly likely not someone who should.

I respect your choice not to own them, but I insist on owning them. Does that disqualify me?

I think most of them would be willing to give up their gun if everybody else had to.

No, for two reasons. First, everyone "has to" give up cannabis under Federal law (never mind cocaine and meth), yet they are demonstrably easier to get than prescription cold medicine. Everyone "had to" give up alcohol during Prohibition, yet alcohol abuse increased, especially of harder distillates. In both cases, driving the commerce underground simply made it more violent, more lucrative, and more hardcore; it did not eliminate it.

Second, your "have to" part requires that there be *somebody* with guns to enforce the "have to" part. Gun control laws are enforced at gunpoint, after all. And the entire purpose of the Second Amendment was to prevent the executive branch from having a monopoly of force, since such monopolies have almost always turned toxic.

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