Thursday, April 19, 2007

Gun Fairness

The argument over guns and gun control in the United States always flairs after a high profile shooting. This argument over whether it is safer to allow more guns or whether it is safer to allow fewer guns does not seem to have a resolution. Some people feel safer with less guns being sold and owned while other people feel safer having the right to own and use their guns for self defense.

Conflicting studies have shown both points of view to be true. Gun violence has gone down in some places when tighter restrictions on gun ownership were implemented and gun violence has gone down in other places when gun ownership restrictions were eased. Some of the most violent areas of the United States are the urban areas with the strongest gun control measures, yet rural areas where guns are part of the culture still have a share of gun crime.

Perhaps the argument needs to shift from which position creates the most safety to which position is the most fair. Is it fair to allow citizens to own guns that could be used in a gun crime? Is if fair to restrict citizens from owning guns that could be used for self defense?

We live in a country where freedom occasionally produces some very bad characters. We can and should sacrifice some privacy in order to stop some of the bad guys before they commit gun crimes. However, we won’t have fairness and we will eventually lose most of our freedom if we aren’t allowed to protect ourselves from the bad guys with our own guns. The ability to protect ourselves from crime is the only fair solution to the gun problem.


Rick and Gary said...

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

David M. Smith said...

Hi Rick,

I agree with Mr. Franklin! With freedom comes the responsibility to keep yourself and your family safe. Government can help by putting criminals in jail for a long time and by executing murderers, but government can’t make us completely safe and completely free.

Buz said...

Actually, I believe that the true purpose of the second ammendment is not so that we can protect ourselves against criminals but so we can protect ourselves against our government.

David M. Smith said...

Hi Buz,

My understanding of the second amendment is the same as yours. Since government will always need guns to use for government purposes, citizens will always have the right to possess their own guns in order to counterbalance the possible abuses of the government with guns.

My point is similar, but slightly different. Since criminals will always have access to guns, citizens should always have the right to defend their family and property with guns.