"It's time for common sense gun control" - Any politician, anywhere, every time.
Is that so? We now think that law should be applied to what someone -- anyone or some group of people -- call "common sense."
Perhaps you'd like to square this with a few other common sense facts.
First, all manner of things related to sex.
It is common sense that one's sex is determined at conception and at any time beyond that point is immutable. One either has "XY" or "XX" sex chromosomes and in a very, very small percentage of cases has a disorder in that you have some other combination (e.g. XXY, etc.) Therefore there are exactly two sexes and any attempt to claim otherwise, especially when it produces an obligation of others, ought to be prohibited by law -- right?
It is common sense that the act of sexual intercourse is dangerous. It can result in very bad consequences, up to and including diseases that cannot be successfully eliminated from one's person and even death. While one can take mitigating measures it is not possible to remove this risk entirely except by never having sex with any other person or thing. This is even true for two virgins; pregnancy can and does sometimes kill when it goes wrong.
It is also common sense that only heterosexual penile/vaginal sexual intercourse can produce a child. All other forms of sex cannot. Producing another generation is a societal necessity since exactly zero ordinary humans are immortal and thus without a next generation society will cease to exist. It is therefore common sense that any promotion or public exhibition or depiction of any other form of such a dangerous act that cannot produce another generation is against common sense and ought to be prohibited by law. Right?
Since the only way to be completely certain that you will not wind up with a serious disease or die when engaged in penile/vaginal intercourse is for both participants to be virginal when they first have sex, and remain monogamous thereafter, and you must engage in this act in order to produce another generation which is necessary for society to continue it is thus common sense that laws prohibiting anything else when it comes to sex are not only reasonable they must be debated and passed since they're of great public benefit and significance. Right?
Given all of the above anyone promoting or otherwise teaching children about any so-called "alternative" are by definition placing said children at risk of permanent disability or death and at the same time damaging society's capacity to continue to exist and thus it is common sense that such should not only be prohibited if you do it you should face capital punishment because your crime is not just against a child, it is against all of society. RIGHT?
Ok, let's get off sex for a bit.
A college degree is a credential that claims you have mastered some subject to a specific level (e.g. Bachelors, Masters, etc.) It is common sense that the most skilled and capable candidates will be the easiest, and thus most-efficient, to teach the required material to and thus it is always cheaper and more efficient to accept and teach them in favor of anyone else. In addition it is common sense that forcing someone to pay for something another person consumes or uses is called "stealing", and is a criminal act. Therefore all "affirmative action" admissions, test "bonuses" for various groups, scholarships based on any criteria other than academic merit and similar are crimes. It is common sense that every member of any institution that does or has done this should immediately be arrested, indicted, tried and imprisoned. Well?
At all levels of education, in fact, "passing" is a credential. If you graduate from High School that diploma is a statement that you can read, write, perform arithmetic at least through basic algebra and more. Therefore it is common sense that "social promotion" and allowing someone to graduate without demonstrating these capabilities is a fraud upon not only the person in question but employers and the public at large and since fraud is a criminal offense any teacher or school administrator who participates in same must be locked up -- now. Well?
Folks, firearms are tools that have as their design purpose killing things. This is in fact common sense. However, despite the fact that we have "civilized" large swaths of our land it remains true that from time to time something needs to be killed for various reasons. Therefore it is also common sense that everyone should know how to reduce the risk inherent in the use of said tools and at all times be armed because, frequently without prior warning, something needs to be killed and, some percentage of the time failure to kill said thing when required means you die instead.
And finally, is it not common sense that someone who tries to put in place a mandate that you must die instead of whatever needs to be killed, whether that occasion has arisen because you have a requirement to eat (and said thing is a suitable source of nutrition) or is a violent predator about to kill you, your children or someone else who you care about is in fact a monster and perhaps they, themselves, are indeed one of those violent predators who needs to be killed?
Thus ends my treatise on "common sense."