Seems like 47% of the country is stupid---of course, if you ask Romney, it is the moochers of society; if you ask those who vote Democrat, it is those who voted for Romney! I'm all for spirited debate, but you don't need to draw any inferences from what I say about what I either believe or feel. If something that I believe or feel is relevant, I'll let you know!
I was simply showing that the reductio ad absurdum argument (which was skillfully applied by harriswb3) can be applied both ways, so it isn't the final word on the topic by any means. Maybe I want the choice to own a nuclear missile! Just because they weren't around in 1787, why should that stop me? Neither were semi-automatic rifles! I was also emphasizing that pro-gun folks often involve strawman arguments by stating that "guns don't kill people, people kill people" (Duh!) and similar slogans. Finally, I just wanted to point out that although the framers of the constitution were very bright people, the document created is not necessarily applicable today in the same way that it was over 200 years ago, as life in the US is now very different--this last point I don't believe is a controversial one.
Should stupid people be protected from themselves and/or be restricted from voting? Well, that is a more general matter, but I will say that I would be very much in favor of some forms of eugenics programs so we don't have to deal with the quandary in the first place! ;)
BTW, though I do not own one, I am actually in favor of allowing gun ownership under most conditions, as long as reasonable background checks are in place---it just pains me to see the argument made poorly!
[Edit: I live in the great state of Nevada---Nuff said!]
12/6/2012 1:53 AM (edited)