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MD: Self-defense is not a good argument for owning a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Self-defense is the most widely accepted basis for gun ownership rights. When the Supreme Court asserted a constitutional right to private gun ownership in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), it referred to "traditionally lawful purposes" and offered a single example: self-defense in the home. Those who assert moral (or human) rights to gun ownership also invoke self-defense as a foundation.

There is one problem, however, which everyone seems to miss: There is no absolute right to self-defense; the right is qualified or limited. When the limits to this right are in view, the ground beneath gun ownership rights appears shakier.

Comment by: MarkHamTownsend (9/16/2016)
"There is no absolute right to self-defense .... "

I call BS.
We ALL own our own lives, and from thus springs the natural right of self defense. If the right isn't "absolute" then when are we required to stand naked, undefended, and allow some psychotic thug to murder us without any resistance whatsoever?

Guns are only one tool that are useful for self-defense, but we still have the right to them.

Sure, people use weapons for crimes, and some people have accidents with them (as also with cars & swimming pools). There used to be a Latin saying; "Abusus non tollit usum," "Wrong use does not take away proper use."
We don't ban cars because of accidents, the same should be true with guns, to which we have a RIGHT.

Comment by: Sosalty (9/16/2016)
Sounds like a thinly veiled argument to "infringe" on our rights.

Comment by: mickey (9/16/2016)
Everything has the right to defend its own life. Even the rabbit has the right to bite the coyote's eyes out, if he can do it.

War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. John Stuart Mills

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