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Nothing like being able to put a dangerous instrumentality into the marketplace without regard for liability.
A weapon which, in circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or other serious injury.
why should a carmaker be sued over exploding gas tanks.
"Hand guns are made for killin', ain't good for nothin' else."
The Lott study on the impact of concealed carry laws confirms something policy analysts have long suspected: the increased risk or cost associated with crime due to liberalized gun laws discourages some violent criminals from committing further crimes. Other offenders either shift their criminal activities to areas where citizens are known to be less able to effectively defend themselves or shift from crimes of force such as armed robbery to crimes of stealth such as burglary.
By enumerating the special restrictions on government (and calling it a Bill of _Rights_), the People have given a potent weapon to their would-be masters.
The perception of the Bill of Rights (Amendments 9 and 10 notwithstanding) has evolved into one of a list of _rights_ instead of a list of prohibitions (on government).
This paradigm encourages the perception that if a "right" is not on the list, then we don't have it.
It also fosters the notion that rights are _granted_ by government (again - 9 and 10 notwithstanding).
It also makes people believe that rights are scarce and that we should be grateful for those few we have - because the government could take them away by simply repealing one or more of the Amendments.
Therefore, perhaps we _should_ repeal 1-9. 9 won't be needed if no rights are enumerated. We can keep Amendment 10, as it seems safe enough.
If 1-9 were gone, people would see the naked emperor. They would instinctively know that they still had all the rights they had the day before the repeal occurred, and it would dawn on people that they had all sorts of other rights, too.
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