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The recent Supreme Court decision that the Second Amendment grants a personal right to own a firearm contains some reasoning that I regard as specious. Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion, repeated the plaintiff’s argument who asserted that he needed a hand gun for protection against the criminals and murderers who infest Washington, DC. Justice Scalia, who does not find a “right of privacy” in the constitution, does find a “right of self-defense” there. Further, ownership of firearms provides individuals with this right of defending themselves.

Funny, when I answered the conversation in Dneero, I agreed that we should have a right to own a handgun. But I realized, the ownership of a hand gun does not provide a sure defense against a thief, mugger, or murderer. The only rational reason for owning a gun is personal protection, protection from others that have guns. If there were no guns then the reason for having one would would not exist. Remember, guns are tools. They are tools made for a specific purpose, and that purpose is to kill. It may increase the violence rate…


 

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