Justifying Limits on the Second Amendment “Right to Bear Arms”
Mr. Glenn Reynolds should realize:
1. guns and words are fundamentally different. Words check other words. Guns don’t check other guns. Bullets don’t check other bullets.
2. waiting periods & AK-47 limits & requirements to get education aren’t infringements on the right to bear, just the type you can bear or an outlining of responsibility in relation to the exercise of. in prison, criminals can’t vote. Even our most sacred rights are conditioned on responsible exercise.
3. The self-defense argument falls to the argument that more people kill themselves than defend themselves.
4. The Constitution & Democracy & Federalism & Free Press checks most of the risks of government tyranny. 30 day & criminal checks don’t really fundamentally interfere with that.
5. the Founding fathers felt it necessary to phrase the two amendments differently.
6. Time & place restrictions are legitimate and the definition of sanity (political rallies and bars)
The Washington Post aptly points out about #3 above:
States with high rates of gun ownership — Alabama, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico — have suicide rates that are more than double the suicide rate in states with low rates of gun ownership, such as Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii and New York, said Matthew Miller, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health. The difference is not because people in gun-owning states are more suicidal than people in states where fewer people own guns, but that suicide attempts in states with lots of guns produce many more completed suicides.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” said David Hemenway, a professor of health policy at Harvard. “There are a dozen case-controlled studies, all of which show the gun in the home is a risk factor for suicide for the gun owner, for the spouse, for the gun owner’s children.”