There's a famous saying that, "Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them."
I can't recall the originator - but with recent events in America - and the resulting pathetic rhetoric about political behavior, ignoring the smoking gun/elephant in the room - can America ever shed its historical feudal right to bear arms? Does anyone else think its about time it did?
There really is no need for a civilian to bear arms in the modern USA and despite all the laws - and the impenetrably powerful gun loonie lobby - isn't it about time American politicians grew spines and decided that this really is enough.
A little girl, born on 9/11/2001 lost her most basic and precious right, life itself because another man had the right to carry a gun. Americans you have Megan's law - how about a law to remember this little girl and abandon your primitive right to hold a tool which serves no purpose than to take life.
I note the the people most pro guns are also the most right-wing, pro-Life and pro-God - and if that doesn't prove what an anachronism this law is, I don't know what does.
I am actually of the opinion that guns should be licensed similar to how you need a license to drive a car, carrying a concealed weapon should be illegal however. I also think that all citizens should if they are able, go through a program of national service, to take a place in the military reserves. Such an armed majority would make it much more difficult for a militant minority to terrorize the public. Also firearms eliminate the power difference between the physically strong and weak to a large extent, benefiting women for example. Lots of people die all the time in car crashes, should cars be banned (Yes rail should be used instead, but we are all about cutting costs rather than saving lives)? Furthermore criminals can get access to weapons from illegal sources while civilians are unlikely to, aiding criminality in the event of a gun ban.
Finally, I do not trust the government as it is controlled by private interests, I think the right to own a modern weapon for self defense is nearly as sacred as freedom of expression.
... which requires governmental regulation to prevent people from doing things that you consider fundamentally wrong.
Expecting people to be as civilized as you, if you give them complete freedom, is insane. If you give everyone the right to own nukes, then someone is going to be 'incorrect' and stock them, then possibly use them. This is where Libertarians fail hardcore. They think they're dealing with a world full of civilized, rational people, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
If you believe that, then you don't understand Evolution. Survival of the fittest doesn't mean you get a bunch of people built like Lance Armstrong with brains like Stephen Hawking. Stupidity can often be a good trait for reproducing like crazy and spreading your genes.
The nuclear example wasn't a strawman either, just an absurd example. If you don't think there are lunatics like that out there, then you really need to get out more.
So, what you're saying is that we should legalize weapons-grade plutonium and tax it?
And you can say 'philosophy aside' after you've touched philosophy in the first place. You have yet to step beyond bald assertions that bear no resemblance to the world around us.