Why didn't the government put restrictions on gun ownership after Lincoln's death?
Well, yeah, JFK was killed in late 1963 and then little brother Bobby was gunned down in an L.A. hotel five years later in the Summer of 1968. Same year that MLK also went down.
But this is a good question by Jolie. I think the reason nobody thought about gun control was since it was such a different world, less people, less crime; no spate of mass shootings like we have had with Columbine and Virginia Tech and Orlando. America back then was still primarily and agrarian nation with a lot of farmers and hunters and ranchers. The country still had militias.
Times are very very different now, obviously, and I have little doubt that if the Founding Fathers were alive and were apprised of the gun violence we have endured over the past two decades or so that they would gladly re-write the 2nd Amendment in a New York second. Or should I say a Philadelphia second?
How is this possibly a good question by Jolie? How can you claim that nobody thought about gun control during a time period when they introduced the gun control act of 1968?
You can't even figure out that gun control was discussed during a time period when a gun control act was passed, so what makes you think you are qualified to discuss what the founding fathers would do?
Those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.
Human nature hasn't changed.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The checks and balances that were put into the constitution were meant to distribute power.
The second amendment gives power to the people, keeping government power in check.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
We must not weaken the pillars that support freedom.
Few people owned a Gatling Gun when Lincoln was assassinated. Today millions of AR-15's are in homes.
President Reagan supported the Brady Bill .... wonder why??
If the Assault Weapons Ban hadn't been allowed to lapse there wouldn't BE those millions of AR-15's. That little Congressional glitch ALLOWED the recent assault weapon tragedies! The blame is on Congress, face it Congresspeople! (But , JEEZ, It's been SO lucrative for the gun lobby! So far the massive killings hasn't reduced the buyers by a noticeable amount, soooo, profit.....profit....profit.....it's what causes conservative orgasm!
Why don't we ban cars? They kill way more people every year than guns.
Do you believe that the reason for the right to bear arms is to protect the citizens from the possibility of a rogue government?
Which do you believe would have a greater impact on our citizens, terrorists or a rogue government?
Do you believe that by slowly eroding the system of checks and balances currently in place will not make it easier for a rogue government to come into power?
Do you believe that the war on drugs was any more effective than prohibition?
Do YOU believe that the American military would turn against America? The American military is made up of husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers! No politician is going to turn Americans against their families and friends! The "rogue government" in a democracy has NO CHANCE! The military would turn against any "non-freedom" movement that endangered their families.
Should we ban "no-fly lists" because they infringe on our Constitutional rights? If you are on that list you have the "right" to contest it. Why is it different , if you are on that list, to have the "right" to contest your inability to buy a gun?? WE, the PEOPLE have the "right" to protect ourselves from a whacko who wants a gun! TOO bad that they have to go through a process, a delay, to PROVE that THEY DESERVE their rights ... just like one who is mistakenly listed as dangerous. It is NOT taking away their rights "until we know what's going on", as Donald Trump would say! Funny, millions of gun owners stand by him on that, and wont stand by other Americans who have a "RIGHT" to know "what's going on" in the mind of a potentially dangerous gun buyer!
Prohibition made things worse. Do YOU really think that not fighting against Heroin, Cocaine and Opiates would be a thing we could live with?
We have "regulations" on cars and their drivers that DO save lives. We could have "regulations" on guns that would save lives ,,,, and yet not ban them!