Re: Gun control discussions in the wake of the Newtown, CT deaths
I'm not sure if I made this clear, so I will now. Although I admittedly would love to live in a country without guns, I do not think that is practical for the US, probably ever. I am not afraid of guns, per se. I don't think they are evil. I just know that if they weren't all over the place, we would all be safer (statistically speaking). HOWEVER. If someone gave me a remote control with a big red button on it, and that button was labeled "Repeal 2nd Amendment," I would not push it.
Why? After all, I've admitted freely that I would love for all guns to go bye-bye. Well, yes, I would ... but philosophically, I think that is going too far, probably. But primarily, it's because I'm a practical person, and to repeal the Second Amendment while so many in the country own guns, legally and illegally, would be a disaster. An actual real disaster, not a "canceling Saturday mail" disaster. Because after you did that, you'd have three types of people: one, the already-criminal, who own guns in ridiculous numbers; two, people who were law-abiding citizens, but now have been automatically classified as criminals; and three, the ones who either turn in their guns or never had them in the first place. And then we really would have a situation where only the criminals had guns, and everyone else is sitting ducks. Any possible repeal of the Second Amendment, if it ever were repealed (and I doubt that it would be and question whether it should be), should ONLY ever come after society has changed to such a point that we really don't use all that many guns anyway.
I can see the clear difference between what I really want (no guns) and what is reasonable and practical (reasonable gun control). It's a concession. Try it! It doesn't hurt, I promise.