Detritus wrote:Personally, I would rather see the Second Amendment go the way of Prohibition, but I find his discussion interesting.
Allow me to gently suggest that Prohibition of guns will be just as effective as Prohibition of alcohol.
While I agree with your sentiment, there's a bit of a contradiction in terms embedded in your statement. If you'd like to see a wild west black market, exacerbate the current defensiveness in the stance of virulently pro-gun folks, and drive market activity further underground, by all means outlaw guns.
Politically, embracing the Constitution as written is a no-brainer. For example, Al Gore lost Tennessee and West Virginia because 2 key districts in Tennessee swung to Bush when Gore refused to express moderate and reasonable support for the Second Amendment, costing him the entire state. Same scenario in West Virginia. Had he won either state, Florida and the vote count there would've been rendered moot.
Viewed through a non-ideological lens, there is much common ground to be had, and political headway to be made, simply by embracing the Bill of Rights in its entirety. It's only the basis of the American body politic, after all, and whether we agree with Tea Party politics or not, voices from that quarter increasingly identify the same concerns as civil libertarians on the supposed other end of the political 'spectrum'.
For the record, I don't own a gun and never will. For family, ethnic-historical and religious reasons.
Don't get me wrong, I've been a big John Paul Stevens fan ever since I first heard the bass line on 'Ramble On'.