It seems the anti-gun crowd has recognized they won't get what they want in
the foreseeable future. I heard Diane Feinstein say as much recently, they
just don't have the votes in Congress because too many voters back home
wouldn't take kindly to sweeping bans such as Feinstein is on record as
supporting. So instead they're using the death of a thousand cuts method.
E.g. if you can't outright ban guns then make it a pain in the ass to buy
ammo; require training courses with difficult tests, permits, registration
(all with steep fees); require inspections of home storage facilities and so
on and so forth until owning a firearm is so much trouble many people just
Similar tactics have been used in other countries, just keep raising the
height of the hoops people have to jump through and eventually most of them
won't try anymore. That's the sort of thing Washington DC was talking about
doing right after the recent DC v. Heller decision. Many similar
regulations have already been upheld by lower courts post-Heller, so those
who figure Heller has changed the whole ballgame need to take a closer look.
That decision will end total bans such as DC and Chicago have tried (with
little effect on crime), but it won't result in many local, state and
federal regulations and restrictions being scrapped. In fact, and perhaps
ironically, the recent 9th Circuit decision that the 2nd Amendment does
apply to state and local governments nonetheless upheld the right of a
county to prohibit firearms (and thus a gun show) from county property. The
Devil is in the details, and the Heller ruling doesn't mean your local govt.
can't put *any* firearms restrictions or regulations in place.
I think some regulations make sense, safe storage laws for example. But
when such laws are designed and enforced in such a way as to discourage
firearms ownership rather than ensure public safety, well that's another
I see you're posting from Arizona, a gun-friendly state (soon you'll be able
to open-carry a pistol at the Grand Canyon!).
I invite you to visit the "tx.guns" newsgroup. By just lurking, you'll pick
up a great deal of info about (mostly) handguns and the laws affecting them.
Don't ask "Which handgun is best for me?" The answers are like cures for
hiccups! Your best bet is to visit an indoor range, rent several pistols,
and try them out.
While carrying a pistol in a vehicle is legal in Texas, that might not be
the case in other states. A better bet is to get an Arizona Concealed
Handgun Permit. Here's a link to other states that honor AZ permits:
OK, you're officially a loon of the same kind as the politician who said
"The only physics I ever took was ex-lax" and the one who said "Everything I
know about firearms i learned watching 'Miami Vice'.".
Of course not, but please be wary of over-simplifying. As soon as you
make it impossible for ordinary citizens to have a weapon, you will have
created the social environment in which broken individuals blow
themselves up in crowded places.
Life demands a certain minimum of courage.
Those who cannot muster that minimum are not made more secure by
disempowering others - ever.
You're scanning backwards. It's not the guns or explosives that produce
the causes, it's the social environment that produces the behaviors.
At the risk of over-generalizing, when too much freedom is removed,
those who still have hope that something can be salvaged opt for the
wherewithal to resist, and those who see no light at the end of their
tunnel become willing make the "ultimate sacrifice"...
...not always explosively - one of the memories I'd most like to lose is
of a Buddhist monk soaking himself with gasoline in the middle of a
street and setting himself on fire.
Morris, I think you are exposing the lack of common sense in today's
environment. I'd like to infuse everybody with a healthy dose of pride in
themselves and respect for others. Since nowadays everything has to be
done by force, any suggestions of how to accomplish that?
It's what I meant to say, but I'm not much of a wordsmith. My apologies
for causing confusion.
It does for me. Feel welcome to disregard if it doesn't make sense for you.
Hmm. Religion generally involves accepting something objectively
unknowable as True. Insanity generally involves a significant individual
deviation from the norm in the context of the individual's
I think you'll need a /lot/ of bandwidth to convince me of an
across-the-board cause-and-effect relationship between the two.
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