Felons and the Right to Bear Arms
Once someone who has committed a felony has paid for his or her crime, should that person's legal rights be restored? Should it include all of their rights or just some of them? Does it make a difference if that right is an inalienable right?
Does it make a difference based on what type of felony was committed? What if it were a "white collar" crime?
The right to bear arms gives us the right to defend ourselves with weapons and by using deadly force if it's necessary. How do we justify taking away a Constitutionally protected right to defend one's self, because that person was convicted of a crime, especially when we know that innocent people go to jail every day? Even if they were guilty, everyone makes mistakes. Not every former felon is a monster.
If the bad guys that plead down to a misdemeanor can still get a gun , or those who don't abide by the law can still get an illegal gun, the former convict that wants to stay within the law is just up a creek if one of those guys shows up at his door.
My post was inspired by a post written by SoundNFury , found here: http://www.personapaper.com/article/25630-missouri-now-allows-felons-to-carry-guns--what-could-possibly-go-wrong
As noted, criminals who want guns are going to get them anyway. Isn't it better if they have to jump through hoops to get a legal one and if there is a paper trail?
I love a good debate, so let's have one.
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