- Posted January 20, 2013 by
Washington, District of Columbia
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Gun control debate: Background checks
The Right to Bear Arms, Good Citizenship, and Public Safety
Good citizenship is about balancing our privileges with our responsibilities. We have the right to BEAR arms; this does not necessarily mean we have the right to OWN them. Any legal right to own guns must be imbued with certain responsibilities.
We demonstrate responsibility for and earn the license to drive a car, and so we gain the privilege to own and operate a car. Responsibilities in driving include following speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs and other such road regulations.
We all know a car can be a potential missile. We all know that high speeds lead to decreasing human judgment in distance and to potential lack of control of our vehicles. We all know that following speed limits on our public roads saves lives.
This whole debate should not be centered on guns per se – it should be centered on Public Safety.
Owning guns is a privilege that is likewise balanced by responsibilities. As with car ownership and operation, there should likewise be limitations set to ensure public safety.
The guns are not the problem; let people who demonstrate responsibility and exercise due licensure for lawful gun ownership own all the guns they want. Let us merely limit the type of bullets these privately owned guns are allowed. We created a speed limit on our freeways; traffic death tolls plummeted, and we all still own cars. We can likewise impose a single bullet per trigger "speed limit" for private citizen gun ownership.
Bullets discharged from high capacity magazine cartridges impinge on public safety. Let us use common sense legislation to ensure public safety.