June 2, 2015 by Chris Kite
Here is a story about a young man that turned his skills into millions of profit. He developed an on-line drug empire. He sold people what they wanted. As could be predicted, people overdosed and died.
It was wrong. That is clear. I won’t argue for or against the sentence he received. Clearly he broke the law. Clearly he caused the deaths of people that might not have died had they not been able to easily buy drugs thru his on-line business.
However . . . . every day we read stories about deaths from guns. People sold those guns and people die from those guns. Why is that perfectly acceptable?
The second amendment does NOT grant anyone that wants one, any type of gun that can be made. The intent to tie it to a “well organized militia” in the Bill of Rights is clear. The failure of the manufacturers and sellers to insure people are properly qualified to handle those guns is clear. The failure of manufacturers and sellers to try to avoid preventable deaths and injuries is clear.
So a guy that sold drugs that killed people goes to prison for life. The guys that sell guns that kill people make huge profits, are protected from financial liability, and are viewed by a good percentage of people as defending rights.
So why is it legal to build, sell, buy, and use a gun which is inherently dangerous while it is illegal to make, sell, buy, and use drugs which are inherently dangerous? It has a lot to do with the power of the NRA Gun Lobby.