Blogs May 31, 2012 at 9:08 am


Time until gun nuts start yelling that Charles "hates freedom"... 5,4,3....
"Gun advocates are not restoring an older and more American order of things but mostly inventing shit as they go along"

Great insight that could be applied to just about single issues pushed by the reactionary noise machine.
Stop allowing guns into just about anybody's hands.
Evidence doesn't back up the case for personal defense. They will be useless in any serious political revolt in this country. They are fine for hunting and collecting, but that's about it.
It is just the sane thing to do.
FUCK I'm pissed at losing people I know to truly senseless violence. FUCK FUCK FUCK
What #1 said. We already have examples of cities that do this - Chicago, DC, New York (sort of - you can get a permit if your name is Rockefeller, but not for ordinary folk) - and it hasn't stopped violence in them. Fundamentally, the problem with people who say "more laws" is that people who shoot people are already demonstrating a lack of regard for the law. Why would they follow this new one? This would just disarm responsible citizens.
Does the Constitution prohibit banning ammunition?
1. that tombstone banned guns in town, that texas banned the revolver when it was invented, shows that old timers had no legal problem in banning certain kinds of guns.
2. the notion the second amendment bans this is wrong, historically, and the fact everyone thinks otherwise is due to one of the biggest intellectual frauds in legal history.
3. of course you have to control access to guns, every nation that's safe does so.
4. saying it doesn't work in chicago is stupid when clearly there is no wall around chicago; more evidence that the gun lovers will say any nonsense.
5. even if there is an individual right to bear arms, this doesn't mean we can't ban guns in town or about town or ban certain kinds of guns. nuclear weapons are clearly arms. so are submarines. do you have a right to have one at your home? or on your person? no, then why not? hint: it's because ALL rights are subject to some regulation. look at speech, religion, etc. you can't say "but my religion says I don't have to feed my kids" or "free speech means I can yell as loud as I like".
Why do gun advocates and gun-control advocates seem to constantly ignore the first clause of the 2nd amendment?
In the sixties, during the Black Panther ferment, leading up to the famous incident where they marched into the California State Capitol with rifles on their shoulders and pistols in their belts, the NRA actually sponsored gun control legislation. It was a Republican mainstay to keep guns out of the hands of Dangerous Negroes.
A sensible post, Charles. Thank you. The only issue I have with gun control is effectiveness; as we've seen with so many issues, if people want something bad enough, they will ignore the law. I'm willing to try sensible restrictions but we should be asking what the next steps would be if additional measures fail.
New Yorker had an excellent piece on the NRA and gun ownership:…
@10: because the SCOTUS has ruled that a "well-regulated militia" is any male over 18. that's it. that's what constitutes "well-regulation".

i don't know when this was, but surely some firearm fetishist (5280?) knows what year. i've certainly heard about it repeadedly on other forums.
I'm waiting for the NRA to say that anyone should be able to own a bazooka, tank or nuclear weapon.

The fact is is that not everyone should be able to own certain types of weapons. And mentally deranged people should not be allowed to own any weapons.

Weapons such as M-16s, AK-47s, M-60s etc etc have no place in sane society. You don't need them in order to hunt or in order to protect yourself or your property.
That would be Heller v. Washington D.C., Max. 2008, I believe.
In the wildest of the "Wild West", Dodge City under the rule of Sheriff Wyatt Earp had strict laws requiring everyone coming into town check their guns with the sheriff or a local business. It didn't necessarily reduce the violence from drunk cowboys and whores, but it sure helped keep the body count down.

Here's a picture --…
Good Morning Charles,
For the record and again my deepest condolences to all the family and friends of all the vicitms.

I don't own a firearm especially a handgun. I don't intend to ever acquire or purchase one. That said, as @1 & @5 said in major urban cities in America, we already have strict gun control laws. Yet, that hasn't prevented a high occurrence of gun violence from occurring those cities (over the Memorial Day weekend, Chicago had 10 homicides and 40 shootings!). The prior weekend Finland had a mass gun shooting and we all know what happened in gun restrictive Norway last year. Yes, gun violence happens. But, I don't believe the law has been greatly effective in diminishing gun related violence in this country. Yes, that is hotly contested but I simply don't think so.

Look, by & large I've no problem with American citizens owning weaponry of all sorts (for collectors, hunters, target shooters etc.). However, I believe possession of firearms should be regulated in some capacity. I find it unbelievable that Stawicki was able to get a firearm. Just wacky. How???

On the other hand, many firearm deaths are done by hotheads. For some (many?) of these men (and yes, it is overwhelmingly men that do the killing), they obtained a "weapon for protection". That attitude needs to change more than the law. The simple fact is obtaining a weapon (firearm or handgun) for "protection" automatically puts one at risk for being shot and shooting someone else including oneself. I'm not going to site the data but I do genuinely believe that.
@10, @14

I was in a well regulated militia and my girlfriend is now. It's called the National Guard.

@5, @12

What Bullshit!! So, because some people disobey laws we shouldn't have them to begin with? That's like saying we shouldn't have DUI laws since drunks will drive anyway!

The gun control issue is the only issue where people say we shouldn't have laws because some people will ignore them. The US is the only country which doesn't even try keep guns out of the wrong people's hands. Madness. Sheer madness.

The NRA is full of shit. Fuck them.
"I was in a well regulated militia and my girlfriend is now. It's called the National Guard."

That would meet the definition of "a well regulated militia".
But that does not exclude others.

"The gun control issue is the only issue where people say we shouldn't have laws because some people will ignore them."

Lots of people say that Prohibition was a bad idea because some people ignored the laws.
Lots of people say that our current drug laws are a bad idea because some people ignore them.

The first question you should ask yourself is what, exactly, will change with a new law.
The funny thing about the 2nd amendment is that it was written so that private citizens could defend themselves from government, as it ensured that the citizen would have access to the same weaponry the government had access to. Let us also keep in mind that it is speaking of state-run militias, not the standing federal army the National Guard would be a part of.

So the closest interpretation as to what the framers intended would dictate that the private citizen have access to tanks, rocket launchers, .50 caliber machine guns, nuclear weapons, etc. After all, if we can not protect ourselves from the government, the amendment is largely useless for its intended purpose.

Obviously I am glad this is not how it is interpreted now, but it is a bit silly to speak of its original purpose and applying it to our society. There is a reason the constitution was intended to be rewritten as society needed.

Of course, the framers would be appalled at the strength of our centralized two-party government and military, so it is not like we truly believe in their vision for America at this point anyway.
@13 beat me to it. That article is a great read.
I'll leave my guns at the sheriff's office when the gang banging trash that flock to Chuckie's urban utopia leave theirs.
The Militia Act and subsequent amendments pretty well spells out the definition, purpose and composition of the Militia.

The 2nd Amendment allows one to keep and bear arms, however is "keeping" and owning the same thing? The amendment clearly states, keeping and bearing arms is in support of maintaining a militia. Someone, please show me where in the Constitution that keeping and bearing arms is allowed and a requirement for personal protection.

Lastly, the "framers" wanted a "well regulated" militia as opposed to a large, standing army. Based on the European experience at the time, they perceived the dangers that such entities were capable of producing. The constituion of militia in place of large, standing armies were thought to be a check against those dangers.
Don't take your guns to town, son, leave your guns at home.
@1 et al., you say that, but do you have the statistics to back it up? I don't think you can universally dismiss the idea without some clear evidence that a strong gun-exclusion policy that covers a reasonable area for a significant length of time actually doesn't reduce gun violence.

Anyway, yeah. Handguns in cities are just madness. I don't think we need to stop people having home-defense shotguns or hunting rifles, because those aren't the guns that are used in urban gun crimes. It's handguns. There's no place for them in a densely-populated environment.
Double-plus-one on the New Yorker piece.
Highest per capita gun ownership, highest per capita gun violence. I think there could be a correlation there.……
@18, as a previous person pointed out, local gun laws are far less effective because people can just drive 30 minutes to buy a gun. When we talk about criminals getting guns, those are often stolen from people who bought them legally or else someone legally buys them and sells them to the criminals.

As for Finland and Norway, you can't compare one terrible incident in each of those countries to the tens of thousands of gun tragedies in the USA. You'll never find any country able to eliminate all weapons and all gun violence. However, you can certainly reduce it. I think you'll find that those countries have a tiny fraction of the gun violence per capita that the USA has.
We're not too far apart. My point is restrictive handgun laws in major US cities don't make too much of a difference "to the tens of thousands of gun tragedies in the USA". Criminals do somehow find a way to obtain them. I'm for curbing that in any lawful rational way.

Also, my intention wasn't to compare Finland, Norway and the rest of Europe for that matter with the USA vis-a-vis gun violence. My points were gun violence happens anywhere and that an "attitude" needs to be changed here in the USA in order for those tragedies to be reduced. I remain dubious the law makes much of a difference.

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