With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound...
I am a fairly rabid supporter of the second amendment, but if someone wants to turn in a gun for a gift card it is entirely their own business. I think the NRA would be better off fighting against legislation that restricts the right to own and bear arms instead of worrying about people who are exercising their right NOT to own and bear arms.
Dannyjean is correct. The grocery stores are eliminating jobs, not for the convenience of the customer, but for the increased profit of not hiring people to run the cash registers. The same way the banks started the ATM machines to eliminate tellers. Now the banks want to charge extra for using the ATM machines. I guess all the money they ave on teller's wages have forced them to charge more for the extra fun you get doing your own banking instead of having a teller help you. How long until we pay a 'small surcharge' for the 'added convenience' of using the self pay line?
I find it amusing that the people who so freely attack the second amendment of the constitution are the same people who rabidly defend other amendments. Religion has caused more death throughout history than any other single issue, yet freedom of religion is defended as sacred. Free speech has incited people to violence over the years, yet people always consider it an issue never to be mentioned. If you asked liberals to give up freedom of the press they would probably turn purple, yet it has been a propaganda tool for governments the world over to justify their use of violence against their citizens and other nations. Recent protests at the TUSD meetings discussing Ethnic Studies were met with tolerance. The students were not clubbed and jailed because they were exercising the right of assembly even though it disrupted the business of the school district. Should they have all been jailed and the meeting continued? I don't think so, but as long as rights are not being respected, why not?
My point is that any right can be abused, and any freedom can cause pain and conflict, but all our freedoms are important. The people who lobby against my second amendment right to own and bear arms wouldn't like to be locked up for expressing that opinion any more than I would like my rights violated because they don't like guns.
I understand your concern over people owning guns. It seems that requiring people to prove their proficiency and safety knowledge would be a good idea, that is until you really think about it. Put any other right in the place of gun rights and ask yourself if it would be ok to impose those limits. Perhaps making it illegal to use free speech unless you can prove proficiency in your language skills. Maybe we should make people prove they understand their religion before practicing it. How about making people prove they deserve a lawyer before getting one appointed to them?
What we are talking about is the difference between a privilege and a right. Drivers get licensed because they are using a privilege. Speech, religion, assembly, fair trials, and gun ownership are rights.
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