While there are inherent safety issues with both of these subject areas, imagine what it would be like if our building construction regulations operated by the same principles that seem to guide gun safety regulations.

First off, one of the fundamental human rights is to seek shelter from nature. In other words we have a right to construct a dwelling. This would seem to be a universal human right that no one would ever propose to interfere with. Right? This makes most sense if you wind back the clock thousands of years when living in a cave or under a pile of sticks was the norm. Fast forward now to modern times, with its multistory dwellings and skyscrapers, and where the densites of human occupation is extraordinarily different.

Using the ‘gun control’ model of permissible building codes, we would set no standards for structural integrity, fire safety, electrical wiring, material toxicity or occupancy limits. Any and all such attempts to regulate building construction would interfere with our universal human rights to seeking shelter. Any single attempt to prevent building collapses, infernos, or exposure to toxic chemicals would be the ‘slippery slope’ to tyranny.

We should be able to construct a building anywhere we choose, in any manner we choose……..and government should be stripped of the authority to document the morbidities and mortalities consequent to this laissez faire approach to building code regulations. Since no SINGLE prescription would address ALL building safety matters, the best outcome is to do NOTHING. Think about that the next time you are on an elevator in a 30-story high rise toting your 1776 musket. All of your wellbeing might be in the hands of just a couple of anonymous people who just started an elevator business in their basement last year after their spittoon cleaning business failed.

Likewise, limiting the type, number, power of handguns and long guns infringe on our so-called right to bear arms. Studying mortalities and injuries related to guns in the US is not only unnecessary, but it infringes on the rights of corporations to engage in free enterprise without being hindered by pesky little things like facts. Military arms in your neighborhood-good. Automatic weapons on the playground-good. Silencers-good. Cop killer ammo-good. Crazy people buying guns-good. Hey, why not toss in a few hand grenades while we’re at it?

So, folks, that’s’ where we are with the neocon agenda today. Despite the stunning, overwhelming view of the general public that firearms NEED to be more stringently regulated, elected officials (business backed surrogates for the most part) decline to even debate the subject.

And as far as other regulations go that are meant to protect and help the average citizen, the current administration and its allies in Congress are rolling back tons of other constraints for rape attacks on nature and the environment. The only long term solution is to outvote this bullshit. Better get organized....and watch your back if you bend over anywhere near Don or Roy.


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BenDorigan 1 year 2 weeks ago

In a country where money is God, is it any wonder that so many believe that free-market capitalism will solve all of our problems, including our gun woes? "That's right, folks, just let capitalism run unencumbered and all will be saved!" As if an that engine that runs fastest and hottest when fueled by insatiable greed can produce anything for the good of the whole. The right's laissez-faire approach to guns is no different than their approach to economics. They need to take the crosses off their jewelry and replace them with dollar signs.

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Dianereynolds 1 year 2 weeks ago

Phil the phoney clergyman,

On your bus ride to Mexico where you will find strict gun laws and you will be safe, you will have time to look up who said this. Enjoy and sleep well.

"the battle for American freedom was begun by the thousands of farmers and tradesmen who made up the Minute Men -- citizens who were ready to defend their liberty at a moment's notice. Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily lifeand who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. The cause of liberty, the cause of American, cannot succeed with any lesser effort."

" By calling attention to “a well regulated militia,” the “security” of the nation, and the right of each citizen “to keep and bear arms,” our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important."

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PhilfromOhio 1 year 2 weeks ago

Diane, my child, you've come back in from out of the cold. I thought you went off to Russia for the winter.

You had me going for a minute there (no pun intended) as I thought you were talking about the punk band from California (or "Cali" as Mr. Koch called it in his famous phone call with Gov. Scott Walker).

Incidentally, plagiarism is a sin. I presume that the quotes around your post suggest that it was lifted from another source. Always name the source you are plagiarising to be on the safe side. We wouldn't want you to end up in the hoosegaw with the *president's co-consiprators. I'm not sure they let you blog from there.

Your history is riddled with errors. If the forefathers had in mind what you represent, they would have included private cannons and bombs to be essential to the pursuit of liberty. And I would hardly regard that a well-regulated militia would be a policy of passsing out cop killer ammo, virtual automatic weapons, et cetera to anyone with money in their wallet. Not much of a plan. Fact is, a well regulated militia turned out to be the army, navy, air force and marines, not one-off yahoos with their bandana forehead flags, like your roommates.

Incidentally, "ready to participate" means we have a draft, not a pick up truck full of your home baked militia knuckeheads.

I think your homework assignment is tardy. You haven't been to confession lately. There is still time to repent.

Have a blessed day always, and please don't procrastinate any longer.

Monsignor Phil

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