A YouTube post featuring a comedian mocking firearm owners got me thinking. Dangerous, right, me thinking? Fearful I’m in great danger in losing my choice cot in the re-education camp, on with pontification.
“We’re not trying to take your guns away”, was his lead line. Unspoken is the assumption we, my people, are morally and intellectually superior to you firearm owners. Out of kindness, we will indulge you, even though we should take your guns away. He then went on to create a dangerous imaginary character whose handling of a “gun” puts everyone in danger.
Going forward, many pro firearm forums deplore irresponsible firearm owners and offer ideas to mitigate that behavior.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Nowhere does it say, except for stupid people, irresponsible people, potential domestic violence perpetrators, etc.
We do have a long history, as humans, of imposing consequences upon people whose actions harm others. I’ve no problem with that. Preventing actions, that may or may not occur, I do have a problem.
“But if it saves one life!!!!!!!!”, is the hue and cry. OK, then why don’t we require ignition interlocks on every vehicle so that every single operator must prove they haven’t been drinking before they can drive? Isn’t that the same logic?
Red flag laws are “justified” using this logic.
We don’t live in a safe world and every time we give up a little freedom to feel safer, our world becomes less safe. Better we learn how to defend ourselves. A 90 lb woman with a Saturday Night Special is safer than with a “rape” whistle. Even safer, if she has had some self defense and firearms training.