Another mass killing with ordnance that can only be classified as “murder weapons.” The sound of silence from our representatives is deafening. The National Rifle Association has succeeded in painting a yellow streak down the backs of our legislators and 2012 candidates.
Our Founding Fathers who wrote the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are screaming from their graves “we didn’t know weapons would advance to such a lethal degree and radicals and insanity would take over.” Had they been able to conceive of such destruction they would have added a few caveats and clarification to the 2nd Amendment.
Guns were necessary in 1789 as citizen soldiers had just won their freedom from England. These inaccurate mussel loading guns and rifles took forever to reload and when fired were lucky to hit the broad side of a barn. (The movie “The Patriot” demonstrates an example.) There were no automatic or semi-automatic guns or rifles. Our Founders could not have conceived of a mass murder weapon like the once banned AR 15 rifle used in the Aurora theater shooting. In 2004 the 10-year ban on assault weapons was allowed to lapse because Democrats feared losing elections.
A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
The poorly constructed sentence is all the excuse those who profit off of the sale of “murder weapons” need to pillage the populace with the “right to bear Arms.” In the 18th century with little organized militia and police there was justification for everyone to arm themselves. Just as Constitutional Amendments that were added to abolish slavery and gave women the right to vote and eliminated the poll tax show the evolution of U.S. society so is an Amendment needed to clarify the 2nd Amendment.
When guns outnumber people in the United States, criminals can overpower the militia with high caliber weapons and gun violence increases it is time for a change to the 2nd Amendment. “The people as part of a well regulated Militia shall have the right to keep and bear Arms to insure the security of a free State and its citizenry.”
The 2nd Amendment is outdated in a country that has evolved into a dense populace where guns are available for the asking.
Is it too late to turn back now …
We didn’t get to this sorry state overnight and you can’t just ban guns one day and expect everyone will throw them away or turn them into a central smelter. There are steps to take. Require every gun owner to register their weapon the same way you register your automobile. There will be an administrative fee to keep up the database and a waiting period. The owner would violate the law if they possessed a gun with no registration just like a car. The owner could sell their gun anytime but would have to notify the administrator of the change in ownership the same as a car.
The illegal guns would slowly diminish and the right of the people to bear Arms would not be infringed. The database could be used to catch gun thieves and it would set off alarms for excessive gun and ammunition purchases that law enforcement could investigate.
People need to protect themselves there is no doubt and legal possession of a gun should never be a crime for a law abiding citizen. No law abiding citizen would mind registering a gun for protection. The criminal however would mind and would be likely to possess an unregistered gun. In time the criminal will be “relieved” of their gun and find it harder to get one. While the law abiding citizen will be sleeping well at night in legal possession of protection. Hunters need not fear of losing their guns either under this scenario.
Those who say people will find a way to harm other people like with a knife I am wondering how many people would be stabbed instead of shot in a mass murder assault. Innocent victims at the wrong place at the wrong time will continue to suffer the consequences of unregulated gun ownership.
Whatever the solution it will take fed up citizens who have lost loved ones to violence to push government to act. Sadly there will be more innocent victims of senseless killings before that happens. Keep lining the pockets of gun makers and their lobby. The 2nd Amendment is serving them well.