From box cutters to assault weapons in gun control

Sanjay Sanghoee is a blogger on politics and the author of two novels.  He has written several posts for the Huff Post on gun control and has heatedly talked about the 2nd Amendment and its shortcomings and misinterpretations.  He notes that it is time to challenge this part of the Constitution and makes a good case for doing so.  I did the same in a 3-part series back in September of 2011: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.  And I really like Sanghoee’s take on a “well regulated militia.”

But first, it is Sanghoee’s conclusion that “After three shootings, America needs zero tolerance on guns,” of course referring to Aurora, Colo. the Sikh Temple, and bringing in the most recent incident in Texas.  He says: “If the real purpose of guns, as ratified by the Supreme Court, is defense of one's home, then anything that can be used to fire dozens of rounds a minute, accommodate high-capacity clips of ammunition, or spray bullets, should not be in the hands of civilians. Period.


Box cutter
Then Sanghoee comments on a recent remark from someone who argued box cutters and airplanes were used to kill people and questioned whether they should be banned.  He answers, “…the primary purpose of box cutters is to open boxes and airplanes are used mainly to transport people over long distances; Guns, on the other hand, have only one purpose, which is to hurt or kill another living being.”  Thus, another ridiculous gun rights analogy is deflated.

Many of the gun control advocates, including myself, agree that most firearms owners are law abiding, but continue to disagree that any of them should have the right to own assault rifles or high capacity magazines.  This concept of wanting this kind of weaponry personifies the statement of Sanghoee: “Guns, on the other hand, have only one purpose, which is to hurt or kill another living being.”  Even Supreme Court Justice Scalia deems them “affrighting.”

Wacky Wayne LaPierre speaking on the 2nd Amendment and Arms Trade Treaty 1 month ago:

In his article on challenging the 2nd Amendment, Sanjay Sanghoee actually picks apart the decree on gun rights.  There are three things that he finds unclear in the right to bear arms:

1. What comprises "arms";

2. Whether the "free State" in the Amendment has to be protected from its own government or from a foreign aggressor (such as the British at that time), and;

3. Whether the term "well regulated" means well disciplined or with a clear framework of laws.

He goes on to cite the 2008 ruling District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, that established the individual right to own guns outside a militia.  I might add that it does not specify the right to carry them anywhere you want to and not to be able to stockpile an arsenal like James Holmes did in Aurora, Colorado.  It even specifies the possession of firearms “for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” 


Assault weapon

The Founding Fathers could never have envisioned an organization as bizarre as the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) or its wacky leader, Wayne LaPierre.  Had they known of either, there would no doubt have been an addendum to the 2nd  Amendment, 2-A, relinquishing such power from potential gun nuts.  As an example of the ludicrous behavior, Sanghoee compares Middle Eastern militants with homegrown American militias training for battle in some wooded compound in the heartland.
    
Sanghoee makes a good point in comparing the fact that the NRA and others hold that it is people that kill, not guns.  But if this is the case, he argues, “…then the reason we have crazy massacres in this country is because Americans are a bunch of homicidal maniacs with no impulse control; and if that part is true, then should we really allow this same crackpot citizenry to carry firearms?”  I ask, shouldn’t we at least keep assault weaponry out of their hands?

12 comments:

  1. All my so-called "assault weapons," all my "high capacity" magazines, and my new .50 BMG are here for the taking, if you don't think I should have them.

    I really hope you try. I can't think of anything I'd enjoy more.

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    1. Kurt...

      You are precisely the kind of pathetic gun loving fanatic that worries gun control advocates. Just wait until it's one of your children in an Aurora, Colo. theatre type shooting. But it always ends up being the innocent ones.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

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  2. Wow, Kurt, enjoy your arsenal. J.T. Ready enjoyed his, too.

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    1. Excellent comment Baldr! Thanks!

      Jack E. Dunning
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    2. Ah--hello, Mr. Kilgore! Comparing me to neo-Nazi scum, because I will never surrender my Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms. The second favorite gambit of the forcible citizen disarmament lobby. Why the delay in the inevitable puerile silliness about the inadequacy of my reproductive anatomy? Saving that for later, eh?

      Anyway, I notice that "Nasty Jack's" little mentally challenged pal, Sanjay, says about so-called "assault weapons" that, and I quote:

      . . . anything that can be used to fire dozens of rounds a minute, accommodate high-capacity clips of ammunition, or spray bullets, should not be in the hands of civilians. Period.

      Police are, of course, civilians. Does little Sanjay contend that cops should be stripped of their AR-15s, as he wants the rest of us to be? What, I wonder, does little Sanjay think of a a proposal made by the Plainfield, Illinois Chief of Police to store so-called "assault weapons" in schools?

      If, as little Sanjay says, the only purpose of so-called "assault weapons" is "for shooting at armies," what scenario has the Plainfield police chief imagined that would require cops to mow down "armies" of people, in schools, as a function of legitimate law enforcement?

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    3. Kurt...

      You are not well. Please get help.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

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    4. Says "Nasty Jack":

      Please get help.

      Oh, I have plenty of help. Thousands of rounds of help. Even some .50 caliber, armor-piercing, explosive, incendiary help.

      You may have a great many things to be very worried about, but helplessness on my part ain't one of them.

      Thanks for your concern, though--so touching.

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    5. QUESTION TO READERS: Is this kind of dialogue above from Kurt beginning to sound like the mind of a troubled individual who would bear watching by law enforcement in the future? It is this kind of disturbed thinking that many think has the potential for violence. If any reader knows Kurt, please keep an eye on him and his snake.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

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  3. So what are you calling an "assault weapon" and what exactly is the goal here? This oughta be good...

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    1. The goal is to ban all assault weapons except for law enforcement and the military. And if you don't know what an assault weapon is, you need more help than Kurt, above.

      Jack E. Dunning
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    2. Says "Nasty Jack":

      And if you don't know what an assault weapon is, you need more help than Kurt, above.

      Since so-called "assault weapons" are defined differently in just about every jurisdiction that tries to ban them, it would seem rather a lot of people "need help."

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    3. Yes, a lot do and many of them are those who love their guns more than human life.

      Jack E. Dunning
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