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jimnyc
10-05-2017, 03:17 PM
One more or less responds to/about the other. Who do you think makes a better argument for their stance?

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Repeal the Second Amendment

I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.

From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health.

From a personal-safety standpoint, more guns means less safety. The F.B.I. counted a total of 268 “justifiable homicides” by private citizens involving firearms in 2015; that is, felons killed in the course of committing a felony. Yet that same year, there were 489 “unintentional firearms deaths” in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 77 and 141 of those killed were children.

From a national-security standpoint, the Amendment’s suggestion that a “well-regulated militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State,” is quaint. The Minutemen that will deter Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are based in missile silos in Minot, N.D., not farmhouses in Lexington, Mass.

From a personal liberty standpoint, the idea that an armed citizenry is the ultimate check on the ambitions and encroachments of government power is curious. The Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, the New York draft riots of 1863, the coal miners’ rebellion of 1921, the Brink’s robbery of 1981 — does any serious conservative think of these as great moments in Second Amendment activism?

And now we have the relatively new and now ubiquitous “active shooter” phenomenon, something that remains extremely rare in the rest of the world. Conservatives often say that the right response to these horrors is to do more on the mental-health front. Yet by all accounts Stephen Paddock would not have raised an eyebrow with a mental-health professional before he murdered 58 people in Las Vegas last week.

What might have raised a red flag? I’m not the first pundit to point out that if a “Mohammad Paddock” had purchased dozens of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition and then checked himself into a suite at the Mandalay Bay with direct views to a nearby music festival, somebody at the local F.B.I. field office would have noticed.

Given all of this, why do liberals keep losing the gun control debate?

Maybe it’s because they argue their case badly and — let’s face it — in bad faith. Democratic politicians routinely profess their fidelity to the Second Amendment — or rather, “a nuanced reading” of it — with all the conviction of Barack Obama’s support for traditional marriage, circa 2008. People recognize lip service for what it is.

Rest here - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/opinion/guns-second-amendment-nra.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopi nion-columnists


Come And Take Them, Bret Stephens

The idea that gun-control advocates don’t want to confiscate your weapons is, of course, laughable. They can’t confiscate your weapons, so they support whatever feasible incremental steps inch further towards that goal. Some folks are more considerate and get right to the point.

“I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment,” writes The New York Times’ new-ish conservative columnist Bret Stephens today. Referring as a fetish to an inalienable right that has a longer and deeper history among English-speaking people than the right to free speech or the right to freedom of religion is an excellent indicator that someone probably hasn’t given the issue serious thought. Or maybe he’s just looking for hits.

I mean, Stephens isn’t contending Americans shouldn’t own five AR-15s. He’s arguing that the state should be able to come to your house and take away your revolver or your shotgun or even your matchlock musket. Stephens might as well have written “Eww, guns take them away!” and left it that, but instead he offers debunked arguments and misleading statements that are likely borne out of the frustration of knowing his position is untenable.

“From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder,” writes Stephens, before pulling a narrowly catered statistic that ignores the vast evidence that the number of guns does not correlate with the murder or the crime rates. They are all over the place. What studies like this do, though, is purposely conflate gun homicides and suicides. If Stephens wants to argue that confiscation would lead to fewer suicides, he’s free to do so. But he’s also going to have to explain why countries with the highest suicide rates often have the strictest gun control laws. The fact is that despite a recent uptick in crime, since 1990, the murder rate has precipitously dropped — including in most big urban centers — while there was a big spike in gun ownership.

Then Stephens compares justifiable gun homicides — shooting a felon while protecting one’s home, etc. — with unintentional homicides with a gun. After some back-of-the-napkin calculation, Stephen concludes that guns are useless as a means of personal protection. Anyone who’s spent ten minutes thinking about gun control understands there is no way to quantify how many criminals are deterred by the presence of guns, or how many, for that matter, are turned away in the midst of crime. Has anyone calculated how many non-gun-owning families are safer because their neighbors own firearms?

Without getting into the practicality of confiscating more than 300 million guns, it seems odd that someone would let murderers and madmen decide what inalienable rights we should embrace. It is almost humorous reading someone advising you not to worry about domestic tyranny as he explains why the state should eradicate a constitutional right and confiscate your means of self-defense. But Stephens comes to the likely true conclusion that you can’t stop random men from killing.


I’m not the first pundit to point out that if a ‘Mohammad Paddock’ had purchased dozens of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition and then checked himself into a suite at the Mandalay Bay with direct views to a nearby music festival, somebody at the local F.B.I. field office would have noticed.

No, he’s not the first pundit to make this confusing point. To his credit, Stephens refrains from comparing random madmen with those who kill in the name of a worldwide ideological movement that relies on terrorism as a political weapon. We can do something to detect the latter. It should be pointed out that the FBI might not have done anything about a “Mohammad Paddock,” in the same way they were unable to do anything about Syed Rizwan Farook or Tashfeen Malik or Nidal Hasan or Omar Mateen. Yet Second Amendment advocates certainly didn’t call for the confiscation of guns afterwards.

But my favorite part of Stephens’ column is when he asks: “I wonder what Madison would have to say about that today, when more than twice as many Americans perished last year at the hands of their fellows as died in battle during the entire Revolutionary War.”

Setting aside the population scale, Stephens might not know that one of the reasons the Federalists, including Madison, opposed the Second Amendment was that they believed concerns over protections from federal government were overblown because there were so many guns in private hands that it was unimaginable any tyrannical army could ever be more powerful than the general public. Others, like Noah Webster, reasoned that, “The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”

Rest here - http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/05/come-take-them-bret-stephens/

Black Diamond
10-05-2017, 03:18 PM
I don't understand the Left's fetish with the first amendment. Next time a football player kneels put him in prison.

Gunny
10-05-2017, 04:14 PM
I don't understand the Left's fetish with the first amendment. Next time a football player kneels put him in prison.Nah. We should take a page from the leftwingnut handbook and become fascists and just repeal all of their Right to breath. Solve a lot of problems.

Elessar
10-05-2017, 05:05 PM
Let's us repeal them all while we are at it.

Fucking two-faced cry-babies.

aboutime
10-05-2017, 08:54 PM
If they had the chance to REPEAL any amendments. They'd be cutting off their only defense that they always HIDE BEHIND whenever anyone proves they are LIARS.

High_Plains_Drifter
10-06-2017, 12:12 AM
Why have democrats started more wars than republicans?

Why does liberal hollyweird have such an abnormal fascination with GUNS and VIOLENCE in movies?

Why does hollyweird make so many movies with GUNS and VIOLENCE in them if they're so dead set against it?

Why doesn't hollyweird make movies about unicorns jumping over the moon shitting rainbows and everybody is perfect since that is what they believe?


Two faced, double standard, COWARD, POS, leftist filth.

Gunny
10-06-2017, 09:36 PM
53% of CA Dems must want to repeal the 1st Amendment as well. That's the percentage that think some people/groups should not have free speech.

Tyr-Ziu Saxnot
10-07-2017, 07:21 AM
53% of CA Dems must want to repeal the 1st Amendment as well. That's the percentage that think some people/groups should not have free speech.

And that is even more telling of who and what they truly are than is their desire to repeal the 2nd Amendment.
Truth is the dem party is actually an enemy of this nation but so few see that or will admit it.
For the dem party has been taken over by liberals/socialists and now operates against this nation's best interests and operates more for itself only and its alliance with the globalists,(foreign nations)......
Mainstream media gives it cover to engage in open treason, IMHO..-Tyr

High_Plains_Drifter
10-07-2017, 11:56 AM
I'll be taking off here in a few to go to a GUN SHOW, and in WI it's LEGAL for private parties to buy and sell guns to each other without any back ground check, and this includes at a gun show. What the second amendment hating progs like to call, "the gun show loop hole." Ya, going to take full advantage of that here in just a little bit. If there's a BUMP STOCK for my Maadi AK-47, I'm going to buy it. Might buy another gun just for fun, because I can. I've seen these many times and was tempted to buy one. Made pretty nice actually, and only $99. A .45LC or can shoot 410 shotgun shells. Pretty cool little piece that will fit in just about any pocket...

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God love America and freedom.