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Response to jillan (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 08:37 PM

47. Violent crime is at a decades-long low.

 

I have had enough. Yes - I know the majority of people are responsible gun owners - but it's too fucking bad that a few people had to ruin it for everyone. Fuck Guns!

Would you be willing to apply this to any other Constitutionally-enumerated right?

"Yes - I know the majority of people are responsible with their free speech, but it's too fucking bad that a few people had to ruin it for everyone. Fuck the KKK! Fuck Westboro!"

"Yes - I know the majority of people get a trial by their peers, but it's too fucking bad that a few people had to ruin it for everyone. Fuck the prisoners at Guantanamo!"

As President Obama has said, "Now, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. And the courts have settled that as the law of the land."

We cannot destroy a Constitutionally-enumerated right because of people like Zimmerman.

As you note, the majority of people are responsible gun owners. In fact, over 95% of firearm owners aren't involved in violent crime every year - they can't be - there simply aren't enough violent crimes to go around even if every single violent crime were committed by gun owners.

It's not fair to the overwhelming majority of people to punish them for the actions of a tiny minority.

Why does the NRA have so much control over our country?

Because when people such as yourself start suggesting that the 40-80 million of us who own firearms should be penalized because of the actions of people like George Zimmerman, we organize, we fund-raise, we lobby, and we vote. And we do so in a collective manner unmatched by any anti-gun group that has ever existed. I refuse to have my rights and multi-generational tradition of firearm usage harmed because of the actions of criminals.

Laws are being passed to take guns to college, sporting events, BARS. All of this is just a tragedy waiting to happen.

Laws are being passed to allow CCW permit holders to do those things. And CCW permit holders are many times less likely to be involved in any kind of crime, let alone firearm-related crime, than the rest of the public you are going to encounter in your travels.

And you may also be interested to know that violent crime has been on a decades-long decline, in spite of record numbers of firearms in circulation.

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