That title is pretty straight forward and is sure to draw fire (no pun intended) from various folks, but let’s be frank: you can’t jump into an argument about gun control (or the second amendment) unless you recognize that rights come with responsibilities. If you’re not going to carefully, thoughtfully, deliberately execute your rights with responsibility, then you don’t get to keep the right. Let me explain:
You have the right to drive a car in the United States starting at about 16 years of age all the way until (depending on the state) they take that license, and right, away from you. You could lose the right for getting DUI’s too many times (I’m all for 1, but let’s say 3 is a safe number to let drunk driving happen on accident the first two times). You can lose the right because you’re too old and you’re dangerous to other drivers. You can lose the right if you speed excessively. In other words, you have the right, but you can lose it if you don’t take responsibility.
I want US citizens to be able to have various weapons for various sorts of safety, target shooting, hunting and of course looking like Chuck Norris:
But after we get over looking like Chuck Norris if you’re not a safe, responsible, rights-aware citizen, then you probably shouldn’t be having a gun. You probably lost that right. As a civilization I’m actually for more citizens having guns. But with training. I really do think every healthy US citizen should be required to go through 2 years in the military and serve the country. I didn’t do this. i was chicken. But I also think that even if you’re cleaning latrines you should know how to handle a weapon, deal with intense situations, and generally be aware. Not that I’m obsessed with war, but that I’m concerned that rights like gun ownership need training, and making it mandatory (like drivers ed) except for those who are really, really fringe, makes more sense than removing the rights.
Now: let the flaming begin!