Originally Posted by Bob HSG
I like the Yammamoto quote the best. It illustrates the fallacy of the anti-gun control paranoia, because the same fate would await any government that tried to "take away our guns."
But I do think it is reasonable to treat firearms like automobiles, requiring completing some sort of training course to get a permit, and registering the guns so they can be traced when used to commit crimes.
When did they start licensing your choice of religion? They haven't? Oh, then they must be training you and licensing you for that free speech thing, right? No? Huh. I have not heard of having to get a license before refusing to incriminate oneself in court, or for practicing the refusal to offer quarters to military personnel.
So exactly where is this notion that the right to bear arms needs to be licensed and registered before being practiced?
That really is absurd.
(I am not saying people should not get training in whatever kind of firearm they choose to use/own, but constitutionally, the govt has no right to enforce training as a prerequisite to the right. We can discuss this in another thread if you want, don't want to get into a debate here.)