The conclusion of five year's work on Constitutional gun rights and the USA's natural rights finds the 2nd Amendment completely meaningless. In particular, when anyone bearing arms shoots an innocent person to death, the shot person's right to bear arms is infringed. Hence there is no barrier in Constitutional law to gun-violence tax and mandatory firearm insurance. However rights to guns as property for self defense, sports, and hunting do remain on the table, so natural rights do solve the problem from the perspective of Constitutional interpretation.
Here, Responsible Weaponry refers to weapons, including assault guns, which are modified so they can only fire non-lethal ammunition. This approach bridges the partisan aisle, opening a market of perhaps 500 billion dollars (stated in terms of total market cap over 5-10 years, as per Dataquest Research/Gartner metrics). Responsible Riflery makes it easier for everyone to pursue happiness AND own a gun AND even loosen restrictions on 'responsible assault guns.'
In February 2018, a wise#neveragain child asked me, "With so many guns around, how do we learn who's the good guy with the gun, and who's the bad guy with the gun?" In brief, that's a majorly serious problem! A Yofiel study in 2015 found half of 350 Tea Party members ready to shoot children for stealing apples off an apple tree. Who is good and who is bad? I wrote this to send John Oliver on the topic, and you can see his video on NRA TV below.
Natural law provides very clear answers on the gun rights versus gun control debate. But natural law, as it is invoked in USA's declaration of independence, requires accepting the existence of God, so natural law cannot be taught in American public schools. As a result, 99.9% of Americans on both 'sides' of the gun debate have opinions of the derived constitution that are very flawed. Here is a primer on natural law, and how it applies to gun liberties.
New findings are presented showing that a gun in the home increases risks of residents being shot to death by 3~4 orders of magnitude more than it is likely to stop a crime. Also, during attempts of self defense, 2 out of 3 firearm fatalities are accidental killings of family or friends, rather than of criminal aggressors. Additional data on domestic violence is presented.
Sometime close to May 7, 2017, half a million Americans will have been shot to death since 9/11, and there’s no sign of the death rate abating. So it’s a fine time to consider who exactly is dead, who will die next, and what would really make a difference. Does the NRA solution work? Are fatalities falling? Who is killing whom? How well does self defense work? Can gun control reduce fatalities and suicide? Do more guns mean less crime? How many illegal guns are there? How much do taxpayers pay for gun violence? What new solutions could reduce the casualties?
This article describes an ideal methodology to end conflict on gun control, reduce taxes, and save lives. It includes a full description of the methodology, cost data, responses to 1300 objections gathered over the span of a year, and analysis of the results.
NRA's Wayne LaPierre blames violent crime for most gun deaths, and demands incarceration of all felons for 5 years as the solution. In fact, with current CDC and FBI data, less than 1 in 15 deaths are caused by crime. Even ignoring that fact, this study finds the NRA solution would at most save 1 in 9 lives, and at worst, would actually increase total fatality, due to a nine-fold increase in suicide likelihood by those with an incarceration history. This study also finds that NRA propaganda to blame firearm fatalities on acts of crime alone has been very effective in distorting the ability of gun supporters to accept the truth.
As people who are shot to death have thir rights to bear arms infringed, there is no valid Constitutional argument against gun-violence tax and mandatory insurance. Programs already exists in Chicago and Seattle. Los Angeles is considering a mandatory insurance program, and several national laws are in consideration. This article simply summarizes the current status.
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