Date sent: Thu, 27 May 1999 07:39:25 -0700 (PDT) From: Brian D Williams <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Guns [was Re: Property Rights] Send reply to: email@example.com
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> From: "Craig Dibble" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >A couple of points I'd like to raise here:
> >1) What possible extropian/ transhumanist merit can this pointless
> >slanging match have? It seems to be being conducted between sides
> >who are *Never* going to find a common ground and who are getting
> >more abusive as the thread continues.
> Actually those of us who are pro-choice have argued quite
> rationally, and avoided name calling. The extropian merit is that
> we argue that certain rights are individual, not subject to
> government regulation, but personal responsibility.
I beg to disagree, and a simple archive check will verify my objection. BTW, how contradictory is it to try to foist personal responsibility on the irresponsible (violent criminals, children, the mentally deficient and/or deranged, spouse and/or child abusers)? I do not wish people like that to have the ability to decide whether I live or die with the squeeze of a trigger, and consider the effort to extract guns from their hands to be a matter of personal preservation.
> >2) Have you pro gun activists got any idea how completley mad you
> >sound to non Americans?
> To be quite honest, I couldn't care less. We are no ones subjects,
> and never will be again, unlike my northern Irish cousins.
> I believe the right to defend oneself is an individual right, not
> subject to compromise. Anyone who believes differently is welcome
> to try and argue this with the Kosovar Albanians.
You also believe that the right of the aforementioned irresponsible parties to attack others should not be compromised, only punished after the sad fact. The Kosovar Albanians would LOVE it if the Serbs lacked weapons - just ask 'em.
> >I'm probably going to provoke more rancid vitriol and get shot
> >down in flames for saying this, but just because something is
> >written in your precious constitution or your bill of rights does
> >not mean that it is the be all and end all, that it is simply the
> >only thought worth entertaining and no alternatives shall be
> >brooked. If this were the case, can you explain to me exactly why
> >there are so many, or indeed *any* ammendments to your
> >constitution? I can think of one answer to this: Because it is
> >imperfect. It was a hashed up solution to the problems of the time
> >and no clear thought was given to its long term consequences. As
> >such, situations have arisen which the constitution was never
> >designed to contend with and it has had to be modified. It is in
> >no way set in stone. Times change, and laws must change with them.
> >To advocate extropian beliefs on the one hand, and dogmatic
> >adherence to a quite clearly imperfect constitution on the other
> >hand seems somewhat at odds to me. But excuse me if I am stepping
> >on your constitutionally protected toes here, I mean no harm, I'm
> >just curious as to how you can rationalize this.
> You haven't provoked me at all. Of course the Constitution is not
> written in stone and of course it is subject to change. The point
> we are raising is that many of the 20,000 gun laws in this country
> violate our rights as defined in this document that is the basis
> for our government/society. This by definition is injustice and we
> are fighting to rectify it.
> The anti-gun folks could properly try and repeal the second
> amendment, but they know the possibility of doing this is near 0.
I don't want to repeal the 2nd Amendment, I just want to restrict gun ownership to, mainly, those who can vote (with a few exceptions, such as abusers and the mentally incompetent who keep voting RepubliChristians in).
> >*Well, shucks ma, the end times are a-comin', let's arm ourselves
> >to the teeth and head for the hills.
> This is not irrational emotional provokation at all, no not at all.
As long as the hills are not within firing range of me and mine, fine.
> Member, Extropy Institute
> Member, Life Extension Foundation
> Member, National Rifle Association
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