Originally Posted by Ed~
Cars, motorcycles, smartphones, and guns. To me they are all fun to play with and not one is holier than another. -So shoot me...
Seat belts and driver's licenses, helmets on motorcycles, using your smartphone while driving, etc. are all laws related to using a particular item on publicly-owned land.
You can let your 12 year old drive your new Corvette all over your front yard without his seat belt if you want. And you definitely can
purchase an airplane without a pilot's license.
There is an inherent difference between curbing the use
of particular items and curbing the ownership
And I think there is an inherent difference between a device of self-protection and a device of convenience. No one has a fundamental right to convenience.
Originally Posted by Ed~
Prudent man principle. Yes, I don't disagree with what you described.
Still, I suspect there should be a balance between socially agreed contracts for bigger issues versus just the innate self-preservation ability that we assume most people are born with (and that is a big assumption given the wild popularity of the "Jackass" franchise).
We are quite certainly paying attention to socially agreed contracts. The primary socially agreed contract in the United States is the Constitution. And it states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
That is the standard we've all agreed to. Let's not go pretending that we all agreed to something different.
Originally Posted by The_Rifleman
You have no interest in gun safety, you are here to convince us to further erode our rights with your bait and switch tactics.
I think this was rather unfair. I do believe that Ed has a real interest in gun safety, and I don't believe that he has any interest in taking firearms out of the hands of people who are competent to use them in a safe manner (as I know from your videos that you, Rifleman, are).
I really think that Ed is trying to figure out how to promote gun safety in an effective way. As you do, I wholeheartedly disagree with the method he's kicking around. But let's not go and question his motives here. I truly believe that safety is his first concern.
Originally Posted by BlackEagle
A lot more damage has been done with words, written and spoken, than with guns. "The pen is mightier than the sword."
Tyrants exercise power over self-expression, usually after disarming the populace.
. Murder by government during the 20th century alone accounted for over 119 million
more afraid of a government with too much authority than I am of an idiot who is "too free" for the safety of others.