I saw the same video of Judge Kavanaugh being questioned by Senator Diane Feinstein that Miguel did.
The “common use” aspect of the back-and-forth was stunning. She conceded that people may own a lot of assault rifles (If they want to cal AR’s “assault rifles, I don’t care, they will try and ban them no matter what they are called) but don’t use them. I can assure her, I use mine, so does everyone I know who owns them.
Where that exchange took a turn for me was when she asked about school shootings.
Anti-gun activist Igor Volsky jumped on the same thing I noticed but on the other side.
Let's remember that today Judge #Kavanaugh told the students of America that it's their responsibility to "harden" themselves from AR-15 gunfire if they hope to solve the problem of school shootings. pic.twitter.com/Bpa7eglZCy
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) September 5, 2018
The short answer is “Yes.”
The longer answer is “The criminal acts of a very tiny percentage of the population is not an excuse to eliminate a civil right.”
There are over 72,000 overdose deaths, per year, more than twice the number of all gun deaths. To save lives, maybe we should up-end the 4th Amendment and allow police to set up checkpoints to search people and their vehicles for drugs.
Illegal immigrants cause a disproportionate number of DUI related fatalities. No Liberal or Civil Libertarian would say it’s a good idea to let the police set up checkpoints to ask drivers for their proof of citizenship like some Soviet bloc nation.
Why should a few dozen people (remember that the hundreds of school shootings Senator Feinstein is quoting never happened) eliminate the rights of 100 million law abiding gun owners or 300 million Americans with the potential to exercise their right, even if they don’t want to? Simply: it shouldn’t.
I figure we settled this debate back in the 1770’s.
I remember the words of patriot Patrick Henry:
“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
And those of Samuel Adams:
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
This nation was founded on the idea of liberty over docile subservience.
Senator Diane Feinstein and all those that support her don’t believe that.