In the wake of the latest example of America’s ridiculous and indefensible gun culture, a few questions for those who perpetuate this idiocy:
If an armed society is a polite society, then do you agree that the problem in Chicago is that there just aren’t enough guns?
In which of two fantasy worlds—one where everyone had a gun, and one where no one had a gun—would more people die by violence?
If we promise not to confiscate your guns, can we have the bullets?
If you support gun rights to oppose tyranny, are you worried that members of the military are just going to follow orders and attack you, even though they predominantly come from the same places, have the same background, and most of the same values as you?
If the U.S. government comes after its own people, what’s your plan to defeat missiles, grenades, aircraft bombers and drones with your guns?
How do we tell the difference between an Open Carry activist and a murderer who just came to the fast food place to kill as many people as possible? Do we just wait until they start shooting?
How can we tell a good guy with a gun versus a bad guy with a gun? How can you tell?
Can you explain why the Second Amendment receives special recognition as the only thing protecting you from an unjust government? What about all of the other amendments?
Do you think James Madison intended to protect your right to a rapid-firing weapon when weapons of the day could only fire a round every minute or so?
If your love of the Second Amendment is based on your love of the Constitution, and the Constitution states “The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court” and “The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution” and in District of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court found that “the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose,” why do you refuse to believe the government has any right to restrict your gun ownership?
Why do you think you should be able to carry guns anywhere you want—including places like schools and parks, where most people don’t want guns—yet guns aren’t permitted at gun shows? Are you worried that someone crazy might have a gun and kill someone? And if that’s the case, shouldn’t all those good guys with guns be able to stop that person?
Every time a crazy person murders someone you claim that it’s not a gun problem, it’s a mental health problem. There are people with mental health problems all over the world, yet no other country has as many gun deaths as us. Do we just have way more crazy people than the rest of the world?
If guns don’t kill people (people kill people), should a person who accidentally kills a loved one with a gun be charged with a crime if the gun accidentally goes off?
If guns don’t kill people (people kill people), then can we slash the Pentagon budget by not providing guns to our soldiers? If the guns don’t kill, why do we give them to soldiers?
If you can have a handgun, and you can have a shotgun, and you can have a rifle, and you can have an assault weapon, at what point does the gun escalation cease? Can you have a bazooka? How about naval artillery? A tank? If not, how do you defend keeping me from guarding my home with naval artillery? Is naval artillery too crazy and unnecessary?
Do you want to live in a country in which you have to sleep with a gun under your pillow in order to feel safe? Is that freedom?
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