Originally Posted by arizona
Well stated. Also asking the Government permission to exercise a right takes the Second amendment from the status of a right recognized by the Constitution and regulates it the role of a privilege granted by the government.
No one would suggest that we prevent libel or internet bullying by requiring a license to access the internet or by requiring prior government approval of face book posts. Why then do we accept licensing requirements and background checks?
Excellent questions... my only answers would be because that's the system we had when I "arrived".
I would note that growing up, the notion of people carrying concealed handguns was... well... nuts, I mean, only "criminals" did that, right?
But nowadays it's pretty common place so things seem to be moving in the right direction.
However, the "asking permission thing" is why over the last year or so, I have really begun to embrace OC.
I've been a CC guy for 17 years but something about knowing that while OCing I'm under NO obligation to "show my papers"... strikes a chord with me.