as an overview, driving is not constitutionally protected while being armed, is. in addition, the rules on licensing, registration, insurance, etc. are state controlled.
one of the reasons i belong to the NRA is that they lobby to protect my constitutional right. the more voices in the lobby, the better. personal choice.
i am curious about the idea of universal registration. what, exactly, would it accomplish. near as i can remember, no country has ever confiscated/banned weapons without doing the universal registration first. other than making it easier for the government to identify and take weapons, what would be the up side?
as for requiring insurance....haven't we had enough of that?? :-D i mean....it's working so well with health care.....
i am in favor of dealing with the issue of the mentally ill but they need to be dealt with in all aspects of society, not just in weapons. the last few that have gone off shooting people have stolen weapons from others. thank the bleeding hearts that there are so many out on the streets. time to reverse the trend of "mainstreaming" for things other than, but including, reduced violence.
I quit the NRA (over 20 years ago) upon discovering who they 'really' work for. GUN and AMMO Manufacturers and suppliers. Our alleged rights are their GREASE, that's all.
I'm not as certain that we have the constitutional protections as claimed. I've 'tried' to have that discussion before (there wasn't a single taker).
I maintain that with the implementation of our military, the 2nd became irrelevant, meaning that its intended purpose had been removed. America has no citizen 'militias' right now, does it? Whenever a militia pops up, we all know what happens to them, don't we? This is a 'moot' :-D point for the same reason IMO.
Again I challenge 'anyone' to prove this theory wrong. Go out and form a militia and see what happens. See if you are 'really' protected by anything, especially the 2nd Amendment. Try it…even once.
The 'real' issue with lead IMO; is all those folks 'fearfully' buying up bullets because they believe 'someone' is coming for their guns (and bullets?). Its called "supply and demand" and the suppliers have all the fearful gun owners at their mercy, thanks to the NRA. With all those guns, one would reasonably think it would lesson all that fear, but evidence (in these very pages) suggests the opposite.
And the more we talk (assist the spread of NRA propaganda) about the alleged 'limits' of lead, guns or ammo the more 'some' will want to buy. Its a crazy cycle and its course is absolutely insane, but also very understandable.
I've got a couple hard case Vet buddies, who between them likely have well over a million rounds and 'still' complain they don't have enough, the price is too high or they can't even find any ammo anymore. When I explain that their purchases likely adds to the problem, all they can do is hang their heads and agree.
After all, Its just basic economics. FEAR always sells, always creates profits.
As for insuring and registering guns I get your point but fail to grasp the logic kathyp. I'm not fond of the Insurance Industry either, however, LIABILITY INSURANCE to own a dangerous weapon is a FAR CRY from the 'health' insurance debacle we have. The comparisons make no sense to me.
I have no doubt that If guns were registered and INSURED (like our vehicles) it would bring down the number of shooting victims. A stolen gun would not only be traceable back to the owner, whether responsible for a committed crime or not, and the owner could be charged and jailed 'if' neglect was involved.
If Junior decides to steal Mommy's gun and take it school to kill a few classmates and himself, Mommy could (should?) be charged convicted and jailed for her part, whether that be failing to have LIABILITY Insurance or just being stupid by allowing easy access to guns. If Mom has no insurance or the gun wasn't registered…well then she'd be looking at real time in the slammer due to her own neglect.
I like the 'IDEA" of accountable, responsible gun owners, don't you? If there is another way I'm open to it.
Hey,,,,THANKS….now this was FUN.
Oh, oh…almost forgot. It was n't 'bleeding hearts' that released the mentally ill unto the streets, that was Saint Ronnie Ray-Gun :-D LOOK IT UP.