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Guns Save Lives

Tionico Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 2:40 AM
Excellent article, this information needs to be put "out there" in the face of the public. Thanks. I do have one quibble, though.. early on, you suggest that if gun misuse caused more deaths than proper gun use saves, we could always repeal the Second Ammendment. Yes, we could...... technically. However, the right to keep and bear arms would still be ours, as the Constitution assures us we have that right prior to the drafting and ratification of the Constitution... and that this right is given us by God our Creator, and SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Whilst we might remove those words from the law of our land, we can NEVER remove the actual right, as it is not dependent upon the Constitution, or any other written law. Very important point.
Michael1097 Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 3:54 AM
Excellent point. The right to life is a fundamental God-given right, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence ("life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"). If you have a right to your own life, then by logical extension you have the right to defend your own life, which includes the use of guns if that is how the individual so chooses to defend himself or herself. This would be true even if there were no second amendment.

We all know that guns can cost lives because the media repeat this message endlessly, as if we could not figure it out for ourselves. But even someone who reads newspapers regularly and watches numerous television newscasts may never learn that guns also save lives-- much less see any hard facts comparing how many lives are lost and how many are saved.

But that trade-off is the real issue, not the Second Amendment or the National Rifle Association, which so many in the media obsess about. If guns cost more lives than they save, we can always repeal the Second...