Justan, do you think that the average citizen should be allowed to purchase magazines like Playboy and Hustler or any other 'pornographic' types of literature.
Oh, hell yes!
They seem to serve no other purpose but a prurient one and yet people seem to get pleasure from them. Yet these things, although they have no other purpose, are covered under the First Amendment.
Firearms are covered similarly under the Second... just because you do not like my M-1 carbine because it is semi automatic, doesn't give you the right to ban it or take it from me. I get pleasure from target shooting as it takes me back to my youth, shooting with my father.
Well, I don't know of anyone who's used a porn magazine to kill another person, so that argument is a bit of a stretch (I'm sure you'll agree, if you step back and look at it objectively).
I don't have a problem with guns per say. My problem is with *particular* guns. You know the ones I'm talking about. The ones that are practically designed with the sole purpose of killing other people.
An M-1 Carbine is a beautiful piece of machinery (haven't shot that one yet, but I did fire an AR15- damn near soiled my shorts). But due to its size (and ammo), your not going to be seeing many gangsters strolling around with it tucked into their pants.
I'm talking about the small, full and semi auto machine pistols/guns that are easily concealed in clothing, which makes them particularly dangerous and useful to the wrong kind of person.
Eventually, when all the pros and cons are boiled down to it, the only justification is because "people like it" and "its in the constitution". Well, I like riding my motorcycle on one wheel going the wrong way down the street, but we've got to put some reasonable limits to "what people like". As for the consitution, it does allow us to "bear arms", but there should be some reasonable limits to that as well. I'm not saying take away guns, I'm just saying we should limit the kind that are out there.
I will make you a deal... I won't try to ban your porn ... you don't try to ban my guns.
Hey! Leave my porn out of this...
And to Tarantulas:
You say "Nonsense. Guns put holes in things, that's all".
As far as bad arguments go, I think that just about takes the cake. I can say the same thing about Tanks and bazookas, but I sure as hell don't want your average joe to have one.