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We can do better across the board, but only the favorable political topics get traction. As I said quite a while ago in this thread, if it was only about human lives, we'd be doing a lot more in other areas as well. We have over 10,000 drunk driving related deaths per year (most are innocent victims), and people (in this thread included) seem to think we are doing a good job, yet a much smaller 103 people died in mass shootings. Apart from Utah, which lowered the drinking limit, other states don't seem to give a ****. People seem to accept drunk driving death.Well, then work on a constitutional amendment. And reforming the system so you don't have ridiculous things like the Senate or the Electoral College.
I'm a grandson of a man who went into the forest with a stolen rifle to simultaneously overthrow a ****** monarchy and a Nazi-puppet state, so I guess I just don't believe in half-measures.
Guns are killing people. I don't know why or even if this wasn't like that in the past, but trying to figure out a solution while making sure that everyone still has as many guns as they want seems ridiculous. In fact, it seems like people are more concerned about guns than human lives, but I suppose that's the title of this thread, so why should I be surprised.
And that 10,000 number is just the deaths, not the large number of people that end up injured and disabled from drunk drivers or those that die from simply drinking. I had a cousin killed on a bike by a drunk driver and my uncle was horribly injured by a drunk driver and was not the same mentally until his death. Like guns, alcohol is now protected under the Constitution, but we can do a lot more to prevent deaths. Instead we are seeing the opposite, as more and more states are passing laws allowing alcoholic beverages to-go.
How about smoking? Over 480,000 deaths per year, of which at least 41,000 are due to second-hand smoking. Second hand smoking kills basically double those that are murdered by guns in this country (encompassing all non-suicide related gun deaths including accidents, gang shootings, mass shootings, etc.).
Many people say we should do was Australia did with guns. How about we do what New Zealand did with smoking. Phase out so people can't do it. If you are 14 or 15 in NZ, you can never legally buy cigarettes in your life.
Common law before the 2nd Amendment basically every document surrounding the discussion through 1949 and current case law (read Heller and Bruen) disagreea. The only way around it is a progressive Supreme Court that makes its own law which scares me more than guns tbh or a Constitutional amendment.And no, you wouldn't even need a constitutional amendment. The second amendment simply says:
"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."
Nothing here says that a private citizen has the right to purchase weapons at will.
Imagine if the new republic told all the minutemen that after we defeat the british they need to turn all their guns in to be controlled by the state. That would have gone over well. We are in a different environment now and as such should push to amend to what we want the law of the land to be, not reconstrue the written law as to what we want it to be.
Common use under Heller may reverse laws on assault weapon bans and mag limitations. Lots of cases currently pending.