#9 You're confusing me with an on-point NRA spokesman, --------------. If you could take the DR back in time a year or more you'd see I have no issue with sane restrictions on capacity, background checks, etc... What I do take issue with is ineffective legislation written by idiots that satisfies their hoplophobic urges. "Assault weapons", for instance, that are no more or less effective than an identical weapon without flash suppressors and pistol grips, but that are vilified by gun-haters who lash out from sheer ignorance and willful stupidity. I have, on many occasions, challenged hoplophobes to tell me the difference between the two weapons a the top of this picture -www.ruger.com - but have yet to ever receive a coherent response.
Legal gun ownership, constitutionally, is much like legal voting, but I'm continually fascinated by how the 2nd Amendment wording and the language regarding voting in the 15th Amendment are so differently interpreted by liberals and conservatives. Let me explain (sorry, I don't have a crayon for you, but bear with me):
The 2nd says that the right to bear arms shall not be impinged. Pro-gun view interpret that as there being no constitutional law that in any way hinders ownership. Anti-gunners focus on "militia" and say basic ownership laws are a reasonable requirement. Depending on how the wind is blowing, either will invoke state's rights.
The 15th states that the right to vote is not to be "denied or abridged on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Liberals scream that not allowing felons and illegals to vote is denial and that requiring an ID card is abridgement. Conservatives say it is a reasonable requirement. Depending on how the wind is blowing, either will invoke state's rights.
Do you see the Catch-22, Chief? If you believe that there should be reasonable restrictions to gun ownership, then you MUST believe that there need to be reasonable restrictions to voting (and vice versa)...and the opposite is likewise true. To do otherwise is to be a HYPOCRITE. I do not have that problem. I believe in reasonable laws for gun ownership. Laws that do not hinder law-abiding citizens from owning firearms of their choice nor punish them financially for doing so. Likewise, I believe there need to be reasonable restrictions on who is allowed to vote. Citizenship is a reasonable restriction.