- Jun 23, 2008
In the US it is.Neither is owning a gun.
Does this mean it is absolute? No, just like every other rights.
Rights can be limited when they conflict with other rights. There certainly are people who shouldn't own guns. Public school teachers, the media who couldn't be bothered to research the basic differences between guns, people with criminal convictions etc.
If the US simply followed a gun ownership model based on competency where you are required to be competent in order to own a gun, it would solve a large amount of the misfirings/accidental shootings.
All having gun rights does is shifts the burden from: why should someone be allowed to have a gun (like in South Africa with its high amount of violent crime and a police minister who wants to remove self defense as a reason to owning a gun) to "why shouldn't someone have a gun".