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Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    By Bill Marsano. This is a useful guide to the Second Amendment

    By Bill Marsano. This is a useful guide to the Second Amendment and the history of the many attempts to limit or nullify it, and it’s short,
    too. Just as well: Whitney’s tour is brisk but his writing is merely workmanlike at best. He makes a couple of important points. For
    example, the desirable attempt to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, crackpots and other obviously unfit folk is seriously
    undermined by the many states that simply don’t take the trouble to provide information to the FBI’s national database. If you seek an
    argument supporting the gun-owners’ claim that we have plenty of gun laws but just don’t enforce them, that alone is sufficient. He
    makes the important point that a gun license can no longer be denied solely on the discretion of, say, the local sheriff. That is, the
    license can’t be refused to a person who satisfies all legal requirement just because the sheriff thinks he ‘doesn’t need one’ or
    ‘doesn’t really need that kind of protection.’ He makes two points about the NRA—one right and one wrong. First, he points out that the
     NRA needs the continuing controversy over gun control to generate funds. Although I’m an NRA member myself, I agree. Then he says
     that the NRA’s and gun-owners’ fear of registration as a device enabling government confiscation is some kind of paranoid delusion, a
    hysterical fear of something just isn’t going to happen and never will. Here Whitney is dead wrong. Among the many outcries
    immediately after the december 2012 school shootings in Connecticut there were in fact several by legislators calling for just such a
    confiscation. Whitney, who accepts the current Supreme Court stand on the Second Amendment also fails to deal with the uncomfortable
     facts owners of legally registered guns are simply not the people who use guns to commit crimes and that almost all of those crimes  
    involved guns that were obtained illegally. And there’s one extremely important facts that he doesn’t even recognize, which is that politicians
     need the gun-control controversy just as much as the NRA does, because it guarantees politicians all the newspaper coverage and TV
     interviews they want.  If you want proof, compare the number of politicos who beats their breasts over this issue with what they actually
    accomplished.–Bill Marsano is a professional writer and editor, and a sometime target shooter.

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