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pnp Post time: 2018-1-21 12:03
Typical Westerner's viewpoint, that sacrificing individual rights will bring down the community. ...
What do you mean ... "Typical Westerner's viewpoint"? I find this comment very stereotypical, ignorant, prejudicial, and insulting. You would not like it if I was to turn around and tell a few "Typical Eastern viewpoints" now would you. You would instantly accuse me of China-bashing, and of being racist.
... such as rights to privacy, behind which criminals hide, making it impossible for law enforcers to go after them!
This is a tenuous argument at best. Criminals cannot hide behind 'rights to privacy'. Privacy is a fundamental human right recognized in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and in many other international and regional treaties. Privacy underpins human dignity and other key values such as freedom of association and freedom of speech. In the United States, the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects people from unlawful search and seizure, unless probable cause can be established and appropriate search warrants are issued by the courts (judge). In Canada, privacy laws protect personal information, and how government and business can use that information. Our privacy laws also prevent government and individuals from interfering in my personal life, such as who I can marry, how many homes I can buy, what I can eat, or even how I can worship my religion (if I have one).
... And rights to possess guns, giving US the dubious honor of having the world's most gun-related deaths!
The original intention was not to allow every citizen of the United States, of the time, to have a firearm just for the sake of having one, but to be able to defend the fledgling country from invasion, and to prevent the government from obtaining too much power. Convicted felons, persons determined to be mentally ill, and some others are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition in the US. Unfortunately, just because they are prohibited doesn't mean that everyone obeys that.