We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty.
His focus on natural rights is the main issue. In my big-picture view, American citizens do not have delimited rights, but government does have delimited powers over the citizen. Neither the "common good" nor the "greater good," however construed, are citizens of the US.
In non-American history, the masses and peasants were forbidden ownership of arms (back when the penetrating weapon of choice was the sword). America was, and remains, different, revolutionary.
Governments are always uncomfortable with an armed populace. Canada, which just gave up on its program of national firearm registration, should not have been surprised to discover that a giant and costly registry of honest gun owners was of no use at all.
I keep my assault hammer (with tricked out quick release belt loop) safe. there's a claw lock and a palm print thing that only allows my hand to wield it. I keep the nails in separate magazines (none with more than a ten nail capacity) on the other side of the garage.
Obliquely this reminds me of the London riots last year (2011, I guess) when I, obliquely, learned about the "Tottenham Outrage" of 1909, a robbery and shooting spree perpetrated by -- Anarchists!!
What impressed me was that in the pursuit of the villains the London policemen involved kept borrowing pistols from random citizens they encountered, because somebody back at the station had lost the key to the pistol cupboard - the pistols only being brought out for special circumstances.
You get the impression that the population was better armed than the police. . . .
Dutch politicians are trying to get tire irons and crowbars outlawed because they can be used in crimes.
They've already tried once before, unsuccessfully then but now they have a leftwing majority...
They at that time also tried to ban black clothes because "criminals often wear it when committing crimes".
Firearms have been banned here since the US Army liberated the country from the Germans in '44/'45, when the Americans initiated confiscation of weapons "to maintain order and disarm combatants" (which included anyone who had a weapon of any kind left after the Germans had done much the same but left hunters mostly alone).
i fully agree --plus, there's absolutely no reason to have a long handle framing hammer --I can frame a building just as well using a mixed dozen frozen marshmallows and Italian meatballs wired tight atop an 18" weeping willow branch.
Yes it takes longer --pretty considerable longer to be perfectly honest --but NO ONE gets HURT!
Except maybe when you first take it out of the freezer, THEN it can mash your finger a little if you miss the nail.
But even that is easy to legislate --just have an EMS techie per carpenter at the site --easy solve!