I have not changed my tune.
I do not believe that the second ammendment allows for the right to own a gun for protection from other private citizens. This is no reflection on whether or not I think that right should exist, just a reflection on my ability to read and understand words. I don't interpret the constitution to say what I think it should say, I interpret it to say what I think words in English mean.
I think guns are dangerous, and I think they are designed to be dangerous. I therefore think it should be harder for any jackass off the street to get one.
I think guns are a very big responsibility, and therefore I think that anyone who owns one should be held to a high standard of responsibility, higher than those that already exist.
I don't think any of the problems people think are solved by guns actually ARE solved by guns, and therefore, by turning to guns as a solution, we solve nothing. I believe this is an effective red herring designed by the gun industry to make money, as most red herrings designed by some industry or another are.
I believe the majority of the illegal guns on the street come from other parts of THIS country where they are easier to buy. Therefore, I believe gun regulations should be made federal. Most of the cops in NY who are shot by a gun in NY are shot by a gun, while owned illegally in NY, was purchased legally in Georgia.
The argument that 'bad people own guns, so make it easier for me to own a gun so I can shoot bad people' is counter to pretty much everything I consider important to society. I don't see it as a compelling argument, just proof that someone feels violence is enough of an answer for them.
Those are my opinions. If someone wants to discuss them, from this point on, I'm only going to reply to direct responses that appear WITH the direct quote from this post. No inferences on what I mean will be acknowledged, and no lumping of me with any other school of thought will be acknowledged. If someone wants to discuss what I said, they have to actually discuss what I said.
Oh, and for the record; references or suggestions that I live in the Emerald City or Middle Earth are insulting, and completely false. I've lived almost my entire life in or directly outside of NYC, and the time I wasn't in NYC, I was living in New Orleans, or Delhi, NY. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these areas, NYC has had (until recently) a very high crime rate, New Orleans was (until recently) the murder capital of the country, and I think it's still the rape capital of the country, and Delhi, NY was a tiny hick town where every single person hunted, owned multiple firearms, and kept most of them in the back of their pick-up. I also have a close friend who is NYPD, and I've known more people who've died from cancer and drunk-driving than guns. I don't believe the need to own a gun for personal protection is an objective thing, I believe it is subjective, and highly reliant on a particular type of mindset. The suggestion that there's something wrong with me because I'm not so scared of the world that I have to arm myself in order to leave my home is disgusting, and the suggestion that the world IS that dangerous is an OPINION, not a fact.
Furthermore, snide comments about the world I live in are a sign to me that the person making them isn't actually interested in honest conversation, but rather interested in distracting genuine debate and turning it into nonsense, and I'll take further comments of that kind as indication that genuine debate is over.
True terror lies in the futility of human existence.
Malcolm Reynolds is my co-pilot.
"The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest." - John Stuart Mill