Peter Jones: Guns don’t have rights, people do

Peter Jones: Guns don’t have rights, people do

I have news for “gun rights” advocates. Guns do not have rights. People have rights — among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Gun violence endangers them. The Second Amendment is being threatened — not by advocates of gun safety, but by gun violence. People are sick and tired of having friends and family members shot. We should be able to live without having to worry about whether the person behind us in line at the supermarket, entering a restaurant, or pulling up next to us in a car, intends to shoot us. Gun rights advocates share this hope, I suppose, but their only suggestion is to arm everybody. This would only lead to an arms race among neighbors, as it has among nations. These people imagine that an innocent shopper, armed with a semi-automatic weapon, is going to be able to defend himself after he has already been ambushed and shot. “If guns are outlawed,” they argue, “only outlaws will have guns.” Where do they think the outlaws got their guns? Every gun coming off a factory assembly line was legal at that point. It became illegal later in the chain of possession. Many guns have been obtained legally by law-abiding people who have taken the National Rifle Association firearms safety course, obtained the necessary permits and FIDs, and later shot someone. I do not like firearms. In my opinion, they were an evil invention. However, the Second Amendment gives people the right to have them. […]

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