I have to be careful writing this so that it doesn’t come out the wrong way. This is a purely academic exercise. A stray thought let out to play but will be called back inside as soon as Dad notices.
1. Inalienable right (from God): Life. Applies to everyone, but Atheists are free to surrender their own as a matter of conscience. Oops, sorry. I forgot that being an Atheist means never having to say you’re sorry… because you have no conscience.
2. Natural right: Self preservation. Application of this law varies from place to place.
3. Constitutional Right: 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms. Specifically for the purpose of defending the community as an enabler for 1 and 2 above and to suppress the natural tendency of government to become tyrannical. Specifically forbids the national government from restricting possession of guns by citizens of the USA. it does nothing for aliens, visitors, and people who reside in other countries.
4. State Constitutional rights: (read your own). May or may not forbid your state and local governments ability to prevent you from enabling 1 and 2 above.
Nothing there about deer hunting or target shooting for the Olympics . Nothing there as “exceptions”. Nothing there about limited calibers or limited effects.
So of course I am naturally peeved by those intellectual midgets who claim that the founding fathers only had black powder Brown Bess rifles so that is all that is protected.
Thus: It is my awkward dream that one or more of the most offensive people on the other side might die tragically from a 58 caliber lead ball entering their vital organs at low velocity. It would be ironic and poetic justice. Of course it would never happen. It would put the shooter at greater risk of both accomplishing his task and getting away with it. But, more importantly, since we know that black power - weapons are not that dangerous, no one would ever die that way. So this is just a pointless fantasy. Similarly, those marlin lever-action “repeating rifles” in 45-70 Govt are nice fireplace decorations but could never be used to harm anyone.
Obviously, I would never do such a thing. I don’t own such a weapon and I am scrupulously law abiding when it comes to weapons. I have never and would never use one irresponsibly. For the record, I have pointed assault rifles at living human beings that I did not intend to kill. I even pulled the trigger while doing so. They did the same to me and we had dinner later together. No harm done. I used to do that a lot. In the Army, we call it “training”. So much for NRA safety rule #1.