On guns, where does one draw the line
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06-02-2013, 09:58 AM
RE: On guns, where does one draw the line
(06-02-2013 09:55 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(06-02-2013 09:46 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  No one has the absolute right to anything. Even the most conservative Supreme Court judges say, (as Antonin Scalia said to Piers Morgan, in his interview), we have the right to what is "reasonable". The reasonable test trumps everything. Even Scalia reads the Federalist Papers to try to determine what the founders were thinking, on various subjects, and he is a strict Constitutionalist. The founders had no way of envisioning any weapons beyond the single shot muskets they had then, and certainly not multiple shot military weapons.
It is not reasonable that the public have possession of multiple shot weapons, (whatever they are called), meant for military use. One could invent anything, and call it a gun, and say "the Second Amendment guarantees me the use of anything named a *gun*.
It's bullshit, and unreasonable, and has produced an environment that is unsafe.


The legal arms of civilians of that day were the equal of the military arms of that day. So that is the context.

Now, is that still reasonable? In the context of today's military weapons, no rational person would agree that civilian ownership of just any military weapon is reasonable, and the law agrees.

So the discussion boils down to what is reasonable.
Agreed. And perhaps the other point to be made is that even those within the band of the reasonable spectrum, should be regulated. Primarily because the people using them need to be held responsible, which is what laws do. They hold those living under them, responsible for their actions.

So, it is both a question of what weapons and accessories are reasonable, and what regulations and requirements are reasonable.

There's no need to be unreasonable.

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RE: On guns, where does one draw the line - TheBeardedDude - 06-02-2013 09:58 AM
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