Gun Control

Everyone agrees that we should have sensible laws in place to prevent people who would commit mass shootings from possessing firearms. However, the complexity expressed in that one sentence really can’t be overstated. 

I’ve seen people on FB compare it to drunk driving: it can’t be stopped, but we still need to take action. 

I have not seen much about ways that more laws will specifically hurt individuals. DUI laws are incredibly harmful to lawbreakers.  DUI can happen as a result of compulsive behavior or poor planning, or it may be a habit, but almost always involves pride and denial.  These are the kinds of behaviors that change, either through experience or just aging.   But DUI conviction is forever.  I knew a young man who died trying to avoid a DUI.   There is no reason to think that gun laws would be any more forgiving.

NPR reported this statement from President Obama:  “For example, right now, people on the No-Fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane. If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun. And so I’m calling on Congress to close this loophole, now.”

The no fly list is extrajudicial, much like the drone kill program. Check out the Wikipedia page on it:

This means that you can’t defend yourself against the list. It’s secret.  What’s insane is for America to maintain secret lists of her citizens, and then deny them constitutionally protected rights based on unknown and secret criteria, which cannot be challenged.  I’m no gun nut but I can see where they are coming from. 


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