HuffPo Blogger: Using Guns in Self-Defense Is Unjust, Ought to Be Illegal
A blogger for the Huffington Post argued earlier this week that the use of guns in self-defense was contrary to the principles of justice and ought to be illegal.
Blogger Justin Curmi actually begins with a fairly conservative view of the Second Amendment, saying, “There is no doubt that people do have the right to carry and have a stockpile of guns (“the right of the people to keep and bear arms”) and a state has the right to organize a well-regulated Militia.” But, despite having the right to have arms, he goes on to say they shouldn’t have the right to use them in self-defense.
“The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial,” he argues. “Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.”
Unsurprisingly, Curmi’s suggested remedy is gun control. “If we ponder and meditate on the recent events in news about guns, it would be obvious that the current state is incorrect,” he writes. “A gun for civilians is a weapon for a revolution and not for ordinary use.”
Gun enthusiasts reacted to the blog post with a mixture of amusement and horror. “Huffington Post Now Apparently Hiring Stoners To Write About Gun Policy,” snarked BearingArms.com. NRA News’ Cam Edwards was less amused, tweeting “The #gunsense argument now includes telling crime victims that self-defense is problematic.”
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