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  1. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 1 year ago

    So are we ready to restrict the 1st amendment rights? Banning violent video games may save lives.
    If not, how about 4th amendment. Searches without warrants will find more bad guys and save lives.
    Let’s restrict the 5th: If we can coerce self-incrinination it will save lives.
    No? You’d sooner have freedom than safety?
    Why does the same not hold for 2nd amendment?

  2. then00b

    then00b said, over 1 year ago

    Does 1 shot 3 victims count?

  3. 1effinday

    1effinday said, over 1 year ago

    @Nos Nevets

    When the Second Amendment was instituted on December 15, 1791, the only firearms available were black powder. I freely accept that all people everywhere are permitted to carry black powder firearms. But the founding fathers certainly couldn’t have predicted modern assault rifles, so, they’re unacceptable. Where do you draw the line? Should everyone be allowed to own MPS AA-12 Assault Combat Shotguns (aka the Sledgehammer)? Or C4ISTAR tanks?
    http://columbiaacs.blogspot.com/2007/11/right-to-bear-ye-olde-arms.html

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 1 year ago

    @Nos Nevets

    Without the safety of you and your loved ones there is NO such a thing as freedom!!

    For instance, just how long do you think the US would have been able to be the Arsenal of Democracy (and win WWII against the dictators of both Germany and Japan) had we not been safely behind the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans!

    Safety and freedom are two sides of the same coin. Just how safe would you feel if you lived in a country with no rule of law such as Somalia?

    The other side of the coin being, do the people of Somalia actually feel truly free?

  5. sjc14850

    sjc14850 said, over 1 year ago

    We do restrict First Amendment rights: you can’t slander someone or threaten his life or cry “fire” in a crowded theater, for example. No rights are absolute.

    As 1effinday said, when the Second Amendment was written, the founders never dreamed of the weapons that are available today.

  6. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 1 year ago

    We do, and have for generations, limited what weapons the ordinary citizen may buy and possess. Try buying a case of hand grenades. No one wants to eliminate deadly weapons from every household. (“I’m sorry ma’am, we’ll have to take those steak knives.”) So the question is, where to draw the line. There is no easy answer to that one, folks. The line will always be arbitrary.

    Even the term “assault rifle”, coined by the gun makers to increase sales, is a term as hard to define as “pornography.” No one characteristic turns a rifle into an assault rifle.

    We have a failed school system, a failed social system, a failed mental health system, and as a result, a violent society. It is an enlarged concern for the welfare of our fellow citizens, and real action to make a better society that alone is going to reduce the violent crime rate (which has, I might add, been falling for the last couple decades), as well as identify and provide (or require) treatment for people like Adam Lanza.

    In the meantime, things like background checks (if done right and universally) may help.

    Personally I don’t care if “assault weapons” are banned or not. They aren’t the problem, but then again, nobody “needs” such a thing either. In fact, the only people I worry about are those who think that other kinds of gun don’t give them enough firepower, and that they NEED an AR15 to feel safe, or so they can do battle with the big, bad guvmint.

  7. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @sjc14850

    It’ not really relevant what weapons were available then and now, but the intent of the Founding Fathers is. They never intended to have a “right” for an armed mob to overthrow a government thought to be to over-reaching as some claim today. It really was about “a well regulated militia”. Anyone who thinks otherwise should read the history of the Whiskey Rebellion and George Washington’s reaction to it and early laws regarding the regulation and equipment of the militia in the late 1700’s. That the "right to bear arms is in fact limited was settled when fully automatic weapons and bazookas were restricted in the 1920’s. (or 30’s?).

  8. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 1 year ago

    The source of information for this news post came from Roger Hedgecock’s 1/17/13 radio show. Here’s the link. Fast forward to 21:13 for Roger’s comments.

    The five worst mass killings, where a firearm was used, have a common thread. Hint #1: They didn’t belong to the NRA. They don’t fit the stereotype of the “red-neck” gun owner.

    Check it out …

    Ft Hood: Registered Democrat/Muslim.

    Columbine: Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals.

    Virginia Tech: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff.

    Colorado Theater: Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal.

    Connecticut School Shooter: Registered Democrat; hated Christians.

    Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats.

    Also, of the worst killings in the last several decades, only one was a female, all the rest were boys, barely men. Their role models were rappers, action movies, comics and violent video games.

    Our problem isn’t weapons, it’s boys without boundaries who live in ‘progressive’ households.

  9. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, over 1 year ago

    Hoist him on his own petard. Let’s repeal the 2nd amendment like we did the 18th amendment (prohibition).

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    imply

  11. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago

    The Second Amendment is QUAINT. So was the amendment that made alcohol illegal. Things can change if people look at a situation and apply common sense.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Nos Nevets

    Where have you been. Most of the amendments have been compromised already. The (some) Drug War has been doing that for decades.
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    You still have your guns just not all of them, and you have some limits. Just as there are limits on the other amendments.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    The NRA and Reich Wing business group ALEC have been behind efforts to allow guns to be bought without back ground checks, any type of weapon but a selective fire gun. So yes they have had a hand in allowing for making it easier for the mentally ill and terrorists to murder people.

  14. SusanCraig

    SusanCraig GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    so where’s it going to happen? In your church? Hospital? another shopping mall? The Senate has to untie the hands of the ATF so they can do their job.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @narrowminded

    Fascinating so ‘registered Democrats’ (don’t know where he got that bit of information) are part of a party that has been called ‘anti-gun.’ Rather strange isn’t it? So being a Democrat and ‘progressive liberal’ (debatable on that one.) Obama is a Conservative.

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