No, I have not lost my mind. Honest.
Many people who support gun ownership and the second amendment (commonly referred to as “those who are not batcrap insane”), say they support the 2A exactly as it is written. “No infringements!” is their battle cry, as is “This means that none of the restrictions on gun ownership are constitutional!”
Many pro gun folks are in favor of taking away the regulations on gun ownership, which on the surface seems good and constitutional. However, it just wouldn’t stack up in reality. Observe:
Person A: “So, you want the government to stop regulating gun ownership, right?”
Person B: “Yep!”
Person A: “These regulations are bad?”
Person B: “Yes. Regulating firearm ownership is unconstitutional.”
Person A: “So we should allow convicted felons to purchase guns?”
Person B: “Umm . . .”
Person A: “And those who have restraining orders against them?”
Person B: “Uhh . . .”
Person A: “And minors? And illegal aliens? And those who are addicted to drugs? And those who are on day leave from mental institutions?”
Person B: “Err . . . ”
If anything, one of the best quotes I can think of concerning gun regulations is this:
“Given the unquestionable threat to public safety that unrestricted private firearm possession would entail, various categories of firearm-related regulation are permitted by the 2nd Amendment.” ~Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement
I believe this is correct. SOME (keyword: some) regulations on firearms are necessary in today’s world. These regulations should be few, sparing, and far between, but some regulations are necessary. (I’ll add in a disclaimer here . . . there is absolutely nothing Clement said in the article I linked to that I agree with, other than the quote included in this post. Everything else dear old Paul said is complete bunk.)
There are, of course, those that disagree with me. Take this guy, for instance. Scroll down to 1-14-08. Despite the fact that George is normally a super-sharp guy, very smart and on the ball, he plainly says that “The 2nd A doesn’t permit any regulation. It says in language that is not even questionable, “… shall not be infringed.” Regulation is Infringement.”
A lot of people think this, but it’s my opinion that they should give their position a little more thought. While regulations on guns can be annoying and invasive (and usually are), regulations also keep felons, minors, and druggies from legally buying guns like law-abiding citizens.
Here, many of you are probably thinking that regulations on gun ownership hardly stop criminals from getting guns. Indeed, you’re correct. So, you might say, let’s get rid of those regulations. Criminals get their hands on guns despite the existence of the regulations.
However, it is my opinion that using that argument to call for abolishing gun regulations is like saying “Well, rape is illegal now. Still, people rape each other a lot anyway . . . Ah, heck with it, let’s just make rape legal.”
If we destroyed all the federal regulations on guns tomorrow, you might be standing in line at Cabela’s behind a convicted murderer who is carrying three AR15s and a shotgun. Behind you, there might be a kid toting a brand-new Glock, desperate for his next hit off a crackpipe.
And I ask you, does that sound safe at all?