HOW WE SEE IT: Vigilance Needed To Deter Killing In U.S. Schools

Posted: January 9, 2013 at 2:41 a.m.

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Vice President Joe Biden’s appointment to make recommendations on school safety and gun control is leading to a shotgun approach.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 01/09/2013

Freedoms come with risks but they also demand responsibility. The fact that some will abuse their freedoms is never an excuse to take freedoms from others. The whole idea of abridging fundamental individual rights of everyone because of the irresponsible behavior of a few is simply rediculous.

Making more laws and rules does nothing to deter evil people. It merely gives others more authority and control over law abiding ones, merely further restricting and limiting everyones individual freedoms. One would not stop everyone from driving because someone is irresponsible or breaks the law and has an accident and hurts someone. The principle is exactly the same.

Every new rule and law ever made also have hidden or unknown future unintended consequences. They have a habit of begininng simple and growing large. Give an "inch and they'll eventually develop into several miles".

Part of living fee and enjoying individual rights and liberties requires even good people live with some level of risk. Freedom isn't free on any level.

Posted by: jeffieboy

January 11, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Every new rule and law ever made also have hidden or unknown future unintended consequences."
So let's just ignore the real, known, obvious consequences of not making rules and laws. "The devil that you know is better than the devil you don't know" is such an appropriate philosophical underpinning for the operation of a great (some might say "exceptional") nation.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 11, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What is excep[tional about America is that it is a Republic that guarantees inaleinable individual rights. All laws and governemnt regulations restrict various forms of rights to some degree. In general terms of interest in safety and security some of those trade off's are acceptable. Speed limits in congested areas are a good example.

However, if people are to remain free there can be no restrictions on fundamental individual rights outlined in the Bill of Rights including the the right to the means to protect yourself, your family and property.

God didn't make men equal but firearms manufacturer's do a good deed in evening up the odds. The founding fathers understood that well.

Posted by: jeffieboy

January 11, 2013 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )