[FoRK] Smoking mad...
J. Andrew Rogers
<andrew at ceruleansystems.com> on
Tue Feb 5 19:59:25 PST 2008
On Feb 5, 2008, at 7:33 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:
> I don't, for example, buy into the argument that individuals should
> be able to own nuclear weapons.
You could do what they do with other destructive devices and require
storage conditions such that it cannot represent a plausible
accidental threat to your neighbors. You can buy all the usual heavy
weaponry as a non-felon US citizen (unless your State prohibits it) as
long as you fill out the paperwork and abide by these regulatory
requirements. Even the US military follows similar guidelines (except
arguably in the case of nukes because comparable compliance would be
The cost of compliance alone would be so high that virtually no one
could afford it, never mind the nuke. If someone with that much money
had ill intent, they could achieve similar results a myriad of other
ways sans paperwork.
Rather than banning personal ownership of some weapons in a completely
arbitrary and capricious manner, this would be one mechanism for
having consistent set of simple rules that would still have the net
effect that no one would own nukes. Hell, only a handful of wealthy
people own heavy weaponry in the US, and it is *massively* less
expensive for the individual.
I am a proponent of letting monkeys run around with nukes, but this is
a more elegant way of *effectively* banning private ownership in that
it is not a marginally defensible "because I said so" argument. After
all, we apply the same rule to all other weaponry already.
J. Andrew Rogers
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