I have one simple question for all 2nd Admendment supporters: What limitations to gun ownership are you willing to accept? Can you accept a limit on the number of firearms that any individual can own? A limit on the amount of rounds that a magazine/clip can hold? A limit on the type of bullets that can legally be purchased? What are you willing to accept?
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is trying to deflect this conversation by saying that each school should have an armed guard. In this era of fiscally strapped school budgets that's a great idea. It won't cost anything at all to post armed guards at every school. Posting armed guards at schools is just a great idea, but I have to ask: Why stop there? There have been shootings in malls, churches and theaters so we have to have armed guards patrolling those places too, right? Oh, and of course, it goes without saying that every place of employment should have an armed guard, too.
The number of Americans shot each year is rising. The NRA likes to say that the number of people who die from gunshots is decreasing. The implication of their statement is that the number of people being shot is decreasing, which is simply not true. In 2008 more than 110 thousand Americans were shot. Between the years 2000 - 2008, approximately 30 thousand Americans died as a result of being shot. More Americans are being shot each year but fewer are dying, primarily as a result of advancements in medical care. So, more people are being shot each year, and the NRA says that America needs more people carrying loaded weapons in public. Hmmm.....what could possibly go wrong. Taking Communion from an armed priest might change the experience of Mass a little. Arming more Americans is not even a realistic proposal, it is just more of the standard lunacy from the NRA.
When will 2nd Admendment Supporters agree that restrictions need to be placed on gun ownership. It's important to remember that the 2nd Admendment is part of the U.S. Constitution written by men, it's not one of the Biblical Commandments carried down from Mt.Sinai by Moses. My question is simple, what restrictions on gun ownership are gun owners willing to accept? America is finally going to have a discussion on the place of guns in our society. If gun owners wish to be part of this discussion they need to answer what restrictions on gun ownership they are willing to accept. If the answer is none, then they can expect to be left out of this discussion.