Monday, November 03, 2008
AR-15. . .Second Amendment rights, market profits and community
Did you hear the news report about the effect of the Presidential election on the price and sales of AR-15 assault rifles?
It seems that people feel that Barack Obama will be the winner in next Tuesday's election and that he will extend the ban on automatic assault weapons that President George W. Bush allowed to expire.
The rush to buy is motivated by several factors. People who want such a weapon fear that they will not be able to purchase one after Obama takes office. Others evidently are in the market feeling that the expected new policy will drive up the price of the weapons, making them a good investment.
Automatic assault weapons, military grade, designed to kill human beings. This is no sport weapon. We can debate the original intention of the Constitution's second amendment another time (for my part, I know Jefferson would be appalled!).
But, I'm thinking of my community just now.
The presence of AR-15 assault weapons on our streets doesn't make sense and cannot be justified by any argument, at least not if your goal is to improve and sustain community health, public safety and human well-being.
Why does anyone need such a weapon? How does the availability of these weapons help anyone.
Whoever is elected Tuesday, I pray the ban is extended. . .permanently.
What do you think?