RFA wrote:I do think the real way to enact change/decrease the number of mass murders is to focus our energies on the mental health/background portion of gun control.This much I agree with, but you shoulda stopped there. Its the only reform needed. If NICS failed to pic up nutjobs like the aurora kid, then fix the system in as unobtrusive a way as possible so the next aurora kid gets red flagged. Dont go banning shit that doesnt need banning, just cause you dont see the need.
If we treated other amendments and or freedoms/privileges we all enjoy like everyone proposes to treat the second, we'd be fucked on personal liberty.
Just think about all the fucked up shit that occurs in this country because we afford such strong privacy protections to peoples' homes. Hell, if govco was allowed to do regular inspections of everyone's home, or how about constant video/audio surveillance, its actually very likely ALL the mass murderers woulda been stopped long before they committed their heinous acts, not to mention all the other fucked up shit that govco could stop before it happens. It all happens cause we enjoy so much personal freedom and privacy within our homes.
Point is, freedom aint free, period. Whether its tolerating hate speech/religions to enjoy a robust first, whether its tolerating kids getting raped and killed by pedophiles to enjoy a robust "penumbral" first amendment privacy right, whether its random nutjobs using a constitutionally protected tool for self-defense for a robust second, we punish these heinous acts by crushing the perpetrators, stripping them of their rights, not by stripping the rest of the populous of those rights. Period. End of story.