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The Gun Control debate.

Thursday, September 18, 2003  

Any Progress is Good

And education is a good thing. As I said early on, I did not expect to "convert" you, I was doing this in the hope that others would read our exchanges and learn some things. I have enjoyed this, and hope you did as well. I am pleased that you accept the "shall issue" vs. "may issue" argument, and perhaps some day you might finally conclude that there really is an individual right to own firearms just as there is an individual right to freedom of speech, religion, and assembly - and that limits on these fundamental human rights ought to be minimal. But for now I am satisfied with the result of our discussion.

posted by Kevin | 16:15

Monday, September 15, 2003  


Yes, we are finished. I am satisfied that the scenario I outlined below is satisfactory.

So, what has been achieved? Well, this whole thing started off with me saying that "I do not believe that [the Second Amendment] gives US citizens a blanket right to own and carry weapons". Has my position been changed substantially? Not really. It seems to be a straightforward fact that the US Government has placed many restrictions on the right to own and carry weapons.

Do I believe that the Second Amendment should give US citizens a blanket right to own and carry weapons? No. I have reached a conclusion in my own mind over what I believe are suitable restrictions.

So, what has been achieved? Well,

  1. I've accepted the lack of a link between the right to keep and bear arms and membership of a militia,
  2. I've been enlightened about the 'shall-issue' concept and it's superiority, compared with normal licencing.
  3. I've learnt a great deal about the whole issue, ranging from the origin of the right enumerated in the Second Amendment through to some of the restrictions placed on gun ownership by various US states.

So, for me, at any rate, the process has been useful and enlightening.

I think that my position now is actually more liberal (in terms of my approach to gun control) than when we started. Do you think so?

posted by Jack | 15:45