There’s been lots of talk about how the right to own semi-automatic guns and rifles is protected under the 2nd Amendment. The NRA and many gun aficionados feel that owning a semi-automatic weapon is a right of the people not to be infringed upon. And anyway, according to many people who support semi-automatic weapon ownership (or at least the ones who send me nasty tweets) these guns are very safe, because it’s not the gun, or the magazine that holds the 33 bullets, or even the bullets themselves that does the killing, it’s the person who pulls the trigger.
I’m calling bullshit, because I’m an infectious diseases aficionado and the NRA isn’t talking one bit about protecting my right to own biological arms. After all, many governments, including Uncle Sam, feel that a stock of biologics is part of a well regulated militia. I know biological weapons aren’t specifically spelled out in the 2nd Amendment, but neither are semi-automatic weapons and hey, arms is arms.
I’d like to start my collection with small pox, anthrax, and that heavy duty non-medical grade botulinum toxin (the cosmetic grade stuff is for pussies). I’m fine with getting a permit, a 72 hour wait, and even a background check, but since no test is needed to show I know how to handle a gun that can kill 33 people a minute and I’m not required to lock up a semi-automatic weapon, I shouldn’t need to prove I can handle small pox. I mean, it’s only dangerous if I take it out of its vial in uncontrolled circumstances in anything less than a level 4 microbiology lab and I just want to collect it and compare potency with other super bug and toxin aficionados.
And long as we’re interpreting the 2nd Amendment this way, I’d like my right to carry concealed biologics protected as well.