So a Stanford Law Professor felt the need to go out of his way to prove me right in my belief that a higher education doesn't always indicate higher intelligence. And since I have a day off and am feeling a little bored, I figured I could have fun with this.
For reference, this is the article in question.
Donohue was the first to respond. “I support the right to self-defense,” he said, “but that doesn’t mean that you have a right to high-capacity magazines."
If you have to say "but" after the statement "I support the right to self defense", then you don't support the right of self defense. This is lawyer type weaseling.
the Second Amendment must be interpreted through a historical lens, noting that the firepower available when the Bill of Rights was written is not comparable to today’s firepower.
Actually, a lot of the rifles were pretty comparable to .50 cal rifles. Those tend to leave a big hole in people. Not only that, but the military was using privately owned weaponry.
But this brings me to another point: People like him act as though the Founding Fathers were collectively a bunch of bed-wetting cowards that would have screamed in horror at the very idea of using an M-16 or AK-47. I'm not sure where this idiotic idea came from but it's never been backed up by anything approaching research. These people were fighting for their lives and freedoms against a tyrannical government. They would have jumped at the chance to use something powerful enough to turn the tide of battle in their favor.
"It’s fanciful to think that guns in the hands of citizens acts as a realistic check,"
Ah yes, that's another favorite argument of the anti-gun crowd. That police officers and military personnel have magical powers that enable them to use guns and rifles in a way we mere mortals cannot comprehend. It's kind of like when they break out the argument that a gun will be taken away if you use it to defend yourself because criminals also have magical ninja powers.
Bitch, please. I'm a Marine. I went through one week of training in firing positions, one week of training with live ammo and one day to qualify. My vision was worse than 20/400 and yet I was nailing a human sized silhouette target at 500 yards without a scope. And most gun stores offer classes that can teach people. You can be taught the basics of using a gun in a few hours (including range time).
"And it’s fanciful to think that the military would ever turn on U.S. citizens.” The Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas were unavailable for comment.
When Junkerman asked a question about limiting the size of magazines, Donahue replied, “Making the criminal reload more often is a beneficial thing. Without question, lives are saved by the fact that they have to reload.”
The argument about magazine capacity is another favorite that the anti-gun crowd loves to use. It seems that they have a belief that a criminal is going to eject a magazine, put it neatly away in a pocket, reach for a loaded magazine and slowly reload. It never occurs to the little dears that someone going on a rampage is probably going to leave the magazine on the ground.
By way of perspective, I can eject a magazine and put a new one in a gun or a rifle in about 5 seconds or less. But then again, I don't feel the need to break the law either.
“Having other guns around can only make things worse, because the shoot first attitude does not always work well."
How adorable. People like him never bother learning about firearms or the people who use it. In situations where defending yourself is needed, the law abiding aren't going to be the ones shooting first. They are going to be reacting to the threat.
"There are less lethal methods of self-defense, and it’s always a bad idea to ramp up the firepower.”
And once again, the ship of higher education smashes into the rocks of reality. Tell you what, Professor. You try peace, love and harmony against someone who has made it clear that they are going to hurt you. If you survive the experience, try again with a gun. Compare the two results and let me know what worked better.
It seems that the older I get, the less patience I have for idiots. Especially idiots that seem to think that my rights are up for discussion.