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Gun Control or Gun Possession Control

Author: Christina Thomas
Published: December 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Where do we go with gun control? Of course, there’s no question that one of the pillars of American law is the right of a citizen to have the capacity to defend the household against criminals and maybe even a rogue government someday.

Gun control laws would presumably reduce the instance of criminals carrying them, as well, but then what about the government, itself? Is it not pompous and unsupportable to think that things couldn’t possibly go awry here, such that the republic is usurped and martial law declared? If it happened in the Philippines with the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos – or elsewhere – we must realize it isn’t a property of the Filipino people that one of their number would assume the mantle of totalitarianism and subjugate the citizenry: it is a property of humanity (although one could also say, lack of humanity).

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was heard on Piers Morgan stating that despite the overwhelmingly large number of gun deaths (while of course regrettable), the right of the citizen to own guns are nonetheless necessary. Given the resistance of certain lobbies to allow gun control, it would seem the only compromise, in the face of Newtown – is a no-hold barred concerted effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

Given the importance accorded the 2nd Amendment by the Founding Fathers, this may be the only real solution. Policemen rarely have their guns taken from them, and so those guns are rarely used to kill innocents by madmen or criminals. How often are guns stolen from a gun store? Not often. These places are very secure, and so they don’t pose a threat to innocents.

There needs to be stringent rules on gun security: you can have one if you want, but with great power, comes great responsibility. Palm-print safes shouldn’t be out of the question. It shouldn’t be inconvenient for law-abiding citizens to obtain a gun; but it should be extremely inconvenient (and difficult) to lose one.

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Article Author: Christina Thomas

Christina Thomas is currently an astrophysics grad student who blogs about Finance, and also helps provide content for the Vivariums Tank hub in her very limited spare time. With her partner, she owns and controls several websites like her personal …

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