Seriously? The President finally comes out from his behind-the-curtain position on gun control (he’s NEVER had a pro-gun position in his entire political career), with yet another call for the reissue of the so-called Assault Weapons Ban. Based on previous utterings by his like-minded minions in Congress, a ban that has no sunset, and does have more bells and whistles!
Already there are predicted runs on commercial ammunition, components and firearms, especially those with the dreaded magic ‘over 10 and you can’t help but commit mass murder’ magazines, flash suppressors, bayonet lugs (because there have been so many drive-by bayonettings!), and the dreaded ‘shoulder thing that goes up’.
Which begs the question: How many guns do we NEED?
The answer: The right to keep and bear arms (if you buy the arguments of John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Jay et al) is implicit in our humanity! Some say given from God. This means mere government cannot either issue, nor take way rights. The Bills of Rights isn’t a menu of the bill of fare available at government’s discretion (one from column A), it’s an enumeration of those rights already known and restrictions on government action. What if they tried to pass legislation regarding exactly how many letters-to-the-editor, blog posts, or redresses-of-grievance to government we were allowed? Or how many churches were authorized to exist by government? Or promoting warrantless seaches? (Whoops – they already did that!) Or limiting trial-by-jury (done) Or promoting cruel-and unusual punishment (most jails and prisons had color TV before I could afford one – just saying)
Okay, so my argument is flawed, because they (the United States Congress) has already abrogated many of our natural rights. This doesn’t mean this trend should continue, in fact, it should be reversed!
So, posing the question: How many guns do we NEED?
As many as we can afford is my direct answer.
Field & Stream asked this very question. And answered with a list of preferred hunting guns. I don’t think we’re on the same page.
They need to catch up, because it’s very possible we could end up like Great Britain or Australia, where violent crime is rampant, criminals have guns, and they are restricting glass beer mugs and restaurant cutlery!