Well, Jim… - Posted by HR
Posted by HR on February 07, 2001 at 16:58:59:
Well, Jim, we certainly started a fun thread, didn’t we?
It’s late in the day, and I’m too tired to respond to all the posts. I did get the information I requested, though: that discriminating against gun owners is possible. I’m actually moved by Rob Fl’s comment that a smart tenant with a bright atty could argue that my policy denied them their due constitutional right to defend themselves and thus I am partially liable. My conclusion is that I will add a clause to the old lease that all guns must be registered and the owners must have a valid, active permit: which is the law anyway. Maybe I won’t say anything at all, because my lease, like yours, frames illegal activity as a default of the lease.
All joking aside, I understand partially where you are coming from. I live in a VERY violent Southern city with 250+ murders a year, most of which is black on black crime, and I work with low income folks. (I’m not black.) My wife’s uncle, who lives nearby, is also a sergeant in our local police force. The tales he tells makes one’s head spin. I can’t imagine being a cop; it is unbelievably underappreciated.
Again, I’m too tired to get into it tonite (maybe at the convention?), but criminals will always be criminals. In my view, guns are the source of the problem. Get rid of the guns, and put in place the death penalty for anyone that uses a gun in a crime, and I believe the use of guns will drop dramatically. Interesting that no one commented on this death penalty stance. I’ve had rabid liberals look at me in horror when I tell them about that opinion. The two don’t go together, they say.
Bully, I say. In China, all drug dealers were put to death when caught. Think the number of drugs and dealers there has decreased? Bet your bippy.
There is no need to use a gun to commit a crime. The death penalty to gun criminals cuts across race and class to kill the stupid. It would work, too, as a deterent: and not just to the one or two guys in the neighborhood who have guns.
Anyway, again, I’m too tired. You do realize, of course, that my labeling of you as a gun-nut was tongue in cheek. You’ve not stuck me as a nut; that’s why I thought we would have some fun here. If I thought you were a real nut, I woulden’t have even given you the time of day to start with.
Thanks for your ideas. I will honestly consider them.
PS. Matt: why would I evict a honest tenant defending himself? In the real world, I probably woulden’t. It depends on how responsible the tenant was. Guns, for me, spell nothing but trouble, and I don’t want them on my property. If I ever felt like I needed one to do business or protect my family, I would get one. And I would register it and get a permit and be a responsible citizen, like you. I’m not comfortable with that choice yet, if at all.