bobillislives asked: Cynically I'd point point out that incarceration/law enforcement is a huge industry, whose bread and butter are non-violent offenders. Conservative politicians support of these things have little to do with morality and a lot to do with money. That being said, @cerebralZero is correct in saying that supporting gun ownership and freedom to use drugs / do whatever with yourself, is totally congruous. To make this an ask: wouldn't you agree? :p
I suppose, yes; the case could be made that drug-use has a longer history, as most ancient societies had some form of intoxicating substances and almost all used drugs recreationally/spiritually. Firearms of the strength and caliber that are currently debated are ‘newer’ more recent inventions that we are very slowly and tentatively adapting to. The balancing test of contemporary society - societal needs versus individual rights - has been so distorted by massive amounts of cash. That said, if we remove much of the fear and paranoia on both sides of the gun debate, I would agree that the vast majority of gun owners are responsible, reasonable people who have varied reasons for their interests. Many of those who use recreational drugs have personal reasons for doing so that are rarely, if ever discussed. I think with both drugs and guns it’s a case of ‘a few bad apples spoiling the bunch’, with the small minority being widely distorted and exaggerated by a media that is interested in sensationalizing and selling rather than being factual and objective.