“The Second Amendment clearly states that citizens of the United States have the right to ‘keep and bear arms’ for ‘traditionally lawful purposes.'” Wait. What? The Second Amendment reads “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” And that’s it. Apparently, Stanley G. Buford at thyblackman.com felt free to just make shit up for his editorial Why Gun Control Has Nothing to Do With the 2nd Amendment. In the first sentence. It must be said: the author of Not All Teachers Are Parents, But All Parents Are Teachers! sets a new standard for anti-2A FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt). And it’s downhill from there . . .
. . . while it’s true that the Second Amendment can just powerfully wipe off all gun control laws in the country, people opposing these laws are missing the point. These gun laws are not an attack on the Second Amendment. They are so much more because gun laws are about regulating the use of firearms in all parts of the country for the sake of public safety. When we say “regulating,” it can have a variety of meanings.
Oh do tell . . .
For instance, before a person is allowed to purchase a gun, part of the gun control legislation may require that person to undergo proper training. People can lose control of themselves and may resort to a destructive nature especially when overcome with an intense feeling of anger and frustration. So to make sure that irresponsible usage of firearms is prevented, proper training on the handling and usage of guns cannot be overly emphasized.
In addition to that, present gun control laws are meant to make sure that everyone obtains their firearms legally. Notwithstanding the continuous threat of terrorism, gang crimes, threat of unstable persons acquisition etc.; it pays to have a system intended to correct any unauthorized dealings and usage of firearms. The Nation Rifle Association would probably not agree that illegal guns are part of the problem in modern society and until we come to grips with that fact we will never get a handle on it.
Is that even coherent? I don’t think so. How does “proper training” stop gun owners from being overcome with anger or frustration?
Present gun control laws may have been meant to make sure all firearms are legally obtained—although anyone with a passing knowledge of the history of American gun control would know that the assertion is complete horseshit—but how’s that working out?
Never mind. Buford is so lazy he can’t even be bothered to check the NRA’s position on illegal guns. I’d love to hear if the writer wrote the headline to this piece and, if not, what he thinks of it. If, indeed, he thinks at all.