Friday, April 14, 2006

Gun Laws

While I am not a gun nut, not a member of the NRA, nor a republican, I think that the state gun laws are a little nuts. One could validly say they violate the right to Bear Arms; to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, one must pay a bunch of fees, and wait a long time. And permits are not legal in other states for the most part. While I don't want criminals having guns, I don't think I should have to pay a fee to get my 2nd amendment rights. One can equate it with voting. The Supreme Court ruled (don't remember the year(s)) that Poll Taxes, and literacy tests were illegal ways of disenfranchising people. One could say that so is the fees required to get a back ground check to buy guns.
If the state is going to require a back ground check, which I think is a great idea, the state should pay for it, because it disenfranchises the people that only have the money for the gun. Like if a friend wanted to make a sale of a gun to you perfectly legal and was selling it for $20 and $20 was all you had, the fee would be harmful to you. I don't think that just because people think guns are bad, and voting good, that they should not have to abide by the same rules. We need to get rid of double standards in this country, rather than make more. We already have double standards when it comes to sex, do we really need it when it comes to constitutional rights?!


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