What about those who you really wouldn't trust with a gun even after lobotomising them? Shoot them? Take the toys off them?
That's the thing isn't it, are we perhaps assuming that everyone has a certain degree of inbuilt sense of responsibility? Is this actually an accurate assumption? Should we not entertain the possibility that some just shouldn't be let anywhere near guns (hence making it a privilege and not a right)?
I think the law does a decent job of making it a privilage as well as a right. Laws are in place that people who have abused their rights have them taken away. It is possible to have things both a right and privilage. Obeying the laws is consenting to the knowledge that this is also a privilage to have available.
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Circular reasoning... this can't be an argument for gun ownership, because as we all know, guns are evil.
Wrong. I think the premise that guns are evil is inherently ridiculous, which is why I didn't even address it. You are essentially saying people need to take the law into their own hands because society is lawless. YOUR argument is the circular one.
Originally Posted by Ivy
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Freely owning a gun (or not) is not a religious question.
I'm against it not because I'd say it is "EVIL" (that's for Fi users, and I'm not one of them), but because those weapons are dangerous, and because I find that gun fetish is a psychological unbalance, a disturbing one.
You don't have to be freudian to understand why.
And I find that most people who are trying to explain here it's only for self-defense, it's only because their country is larger and less densely populated (1), it's only for hunting... (bla bla bla bla bla... :zzz are only trying to hide what's obvious.
(1) It's even funnier when it's someone who lives in New Jersey that says it!
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