Mr. Di Ionno details both universes very well with descriptions of shooting ranges where self defense training takes place and the Newark projects where blood flows regularly. He makes an interesting connection between the two.
There are two universes of American gun culture.
In one universe, the Second Amendment is a stanchion of protected American freedoms, as sacred as free speech. In this universe, when the right to bear arms dies, so does a free America.
In another universe, guns make blood run in our city streets. They kill and maim criminals and innocent alike, make good people prisoners in their own homes.
Fear. It drives people to get guns in both universes.
Jon Vernick, the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, in speaking on the 2nd Amendment, said the gun debate must start with ways to "not interfere with that right."
"There are ways to frame the issue properly," he said. "There seems to be a consensus that we must find more efficient and effective ways to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Half the guns used in crimes come from one-percent of gun dealers. There can be better oversight of those dealers, and better enforcement of laws. In some states, people with long records of violent misdemeanors, DWIs or domestic violence, are still allowed to purchase guns. That doesn't make sense. There should be are common-sense approaches that don't duly interfere with law-abiding citizens."
But what also defies common sense is reflexive opposition to all gun laws. "They're afraid if they acquiesce on any point, it will be first step down a slippery slope in the government's ability to take away guns," Vernick said.
What's your opinion? Do gun owners tend to stubbornly resist any and all suggestions for fear of the slippery slope? I certainly hear that business of gun confiscation quite often.
What about the 1% of gun dealers supplying 50% of the illegal guns? How does that work? Does the destruction of NICS records impede the government's ability to identify them, as we discussed the other day?
I'm afraid my comment to the article was not very helpful. Or was it? Maybe it's possible for responsible, honest people to have guns if they want them without placing it under the umbrella of the Constitution or the Bible or anything else. I would think so.
I say the relevance of the 2nd Amendment in today's world is just about the same as that of the 3rd Amendment. Even the 1st Amendment, when it was written, didn't count for blacks and women, but the gun guys always point to it as proof that these ideas are timeless and inviolable. I say it's nonsense. These guys just love guns first, then the use the Constitution and even sometimes the bible to justify it. Meantime, as you said in the article, blood flows in the streets.
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