In review of my political opinions, there are few sensible people who agree with me on everything, though there are some. I’ve angered just about everyone else on one point or another in exercising my right to freedom of speech. Sticking to my principles, I will not post anonymously, like a coward. I will stand by my beliefs proudly.
Now, another issue arises and I can’t stay quiet. I don’t know where to start here… I’m a liberal, a woman, and I typically base my decisions on hard facts and logic, over emotions. I’m not a gun “nut,” NRA member or a conspiracy theorist. In the gun debate, what I’m seeing is the exact same hypocrisy on the side of the liberals that they accuse the conservatives of. Twisting of facts, omission of valid points and blatant ignorance will not help us arrive at a good solution to the problem of gun-related deaths. By doing so, you may get what you want, but that may not mean you win.
I’ll start with the obvious. In order to fully understand the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, it’s important to also read the expanded thoughts and detailed explanations our fore fathers provided in the Federalist Papers, State Constitutions and personal accounts. It’s clear that they were attempting to consider every possible scenario when they wrote each statement, as every word has specific meaning. In regards to security, their concerns were foreign invasion, tyranny and personal protection.
Second Amendment: 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.
As the Supreme Court has ruled many times, the Bill of Rights refers to “the people” repeatedly as individuals. Therefore, it is clear that the right of “the people” to bear arms is meant for the individual, which is to assume that people who have arms will be ready when needed to protect the state as a working militia. There wasn’t supposed to be a standing army of the federal government in times of peace. State militias (made up of armed individuals) were supposed to be the strongest point of defense, to become the national military in times of foreign invasion. Many states also included in their State Constitutions that the individual’s right to “bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state was not to be infringed.” There is no twisting the words any other way.
So, times change; we could amend the Constitution. I’m not opposed to changing the Constitution in order to adapt to our evolving society. But I implore all to consider the consequences, especially in this situation. We have no idea what our world will look like in 10, 20 or 30 years. Once you give up the right to bear arms, you will not get it back. Never give up ANY power, thinking that you may get it back. You won’t without a revolution, and without guns, there could be no revolution.
What about tyranny? No, our little handguns and rifles would not stand up to the US military, but who says that every person serving in our military would support a government coup? That’s crazy talk, but I had to make the point. We all know someone in the armed services. Do you really think all of those people are going to shoot their neighbors and family members to support a government takeover? I don’t think the government is going to use drones or bombs to kill us, anyway. That is not permitted by the Constitution (said in jest). What is actually happening in the US is not some grand plot to turn the country into a dictatorship. We are prey to a much more covert and evil character, greed.
The powers behind our government, large corporations (not your small businesses that may be incorporated), have stripped US citizens of their financial power – in fear of terrorists, our government is taking away our basic freedoms (Patriot Act, NDAA – look them up) – and under the premise that we will all be safer, they want to ban ALL gun ownership for private citizens. Knowing that many of us are angry at what our government has allowed corporations to do to our economy, they are afraid of a well-armed populace. They will be safer, if we are all unarmed. They are not doing their jobs and they know we are angry. They continue to ignore our plight of inequality, of financial strife and, so, they are very afraid.
The solution would be to fix the problem, simply by regulating businesses, assuring that all employees are paid a fair living wage, thus eliminating the need for most of the “entitlement” programs. But, NO, they want ALL of the money and they know where that road leads… to REVOLUTION. That’s why they want the guns. God, I hate sounding like a nutty Republican (though not all Republicans are nutty), but in this case they are right.
No one in our government cares about all of the people who are shot in the ghetto over drugs, which is where the majority of murders occur. They don’t care about crime in poor areas, because they live in gated communities. They are using an awful tragedy to manipulate US citizens into believing that they care about our protection. NO, they care about THEIR own protection. Please understand that I love President Obama and I think he is a good man. There are many great politicians who care about people; I am speaking only about the government as a collective body, a broken system that has been corrupted by money. They do not plan to fix our economic problems, because they are as divided as we are about the solutions. They know that things are not going to change without some type of aggression. Therefore, they don’t purposely intend to disable us as individuals, but they have backed themselves into a corner, with no way out. So, they must or they will face the wrath of millions of people, who have guns.
“We don’t want to take away your guns; we just want common sense regulation.” When you make comparisons to the UK and Australia, yes, you do want to take away the guns. Those countries permit no personal gun ownership. The truth is that the only way to stop murders with guns is to take them ALL away. That could work in an isolated place, like Australia, and even the UK, which are fairly small in population. By the way, the gun ban stopped gun murders, but it did not stop other types of murders, so their numbers of murders have changed very little. People still kill, but they use other weapons and now only criminals have the guns.
Back to the point… in a country as huge as the US, with as many guns already in circulation – many unregistered – it would be impossible to round them all up. Most guns would be taken from law-abiding citizens, with only criminals and, most likely, the elite (money can buy anything in the US) having possession. When you see celebrities and wealthy people calling for people to turn in their guns, be sure that they would still want to have their armed security at their side. They will just feel better if everyone else is unarmed. That makes the world safer for THEM, but screw everyone else.
It’s a fact that in the countries that have banned guns, they also have very high violent crime rates. Rapes go way up. Robberies go up. Suicide rates are still high, as the tortured souls find other means to kill themselves. The other issue with banning ALL guns in the US is the fact that we are right on the Mexican border. Think. Black Market. Drugs. If I have to spell it out, you are hopeless.
Then, there’s the argument against the NRA. I couldn’t care less what they do. They support the business of guns, just like the oil companies have lobbies. They are in it for the money. They will say anything to sell their product. Isn’t that the American Way? Why criticize them for doing the same thing Monsanto does with our food? When they suggested that we put armed guards in our schools, you would have thought they suggested that every child pack a gun in their lunchbox. Well, stop the stupidity, this is the very same idea President Bill Clinton had years ago. It works on campuses across the country. Seriously, stop with the emotions and think a little.
Finally, I want to address the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. The photos and videos of that day, those horrified little faces, and the devastated parents have broken my heart. Every day that I watch the news, my heart is equally broken for the kid who was killed by the babysitter, the child who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a deranged nut, the toddler shot by stray gunfire in a drug community or the baby that was shaken to death by her own father. I don’t see the same outrage for those injustices that happen every day. Why? Before you jump to give an answer, think about it. Check your ego and think about it. The answer that few will admit is because you only care about your own kids. It wasn’t about those kids, it’s about yours. You don’t care about the kids you see on the news every day. That’s fine, but stop with the hypocrisy.
If you love your children and you want a bright future for them, then think about what we really need to do in the world to achieve a peaceful society where no one feels the need to have a gun. Angry people are dangerous and the rage is brewing in this country. We must stop the complacency, thinking that simple solutions, like gun control, will actually have any positive affect at all on our futures. It’s a big, dirty job, but placing band-aids over gaping wounds will get us nowhere. Get off of your indifferent ass and demand that the government listen to you to make our communities better for everyone. That’s when we can all feel safe.
Many people quote scholars wishing for a world of peace and love, they sign a few petitions calling for gun control and then they believe that they have done their civic duty. They think, now the world is a better place, my children are safe and I can go back to watching mindless television. You may like to think that stricter gun regulations will make an impact on our society being safer, but I will boldly tell you that you are WRONG. A complete gun ban is required, and still, it won’t stop the large numbers of suicides or even mass killings by those who are determined. There are just too many ways to kill. Citing statistics is just silly when you look at all the ways that innocent people are negligently killed in numbers far higher than from gun murders… careless doctors, swimming pools, drunk drivers, accidents of all kinds, drugs, etc.
I am disappointed by so many, intelligent people who are not thinking with a clear head about the consequences of demanding strict gun control. You are playing right into the hands of the system that wants you to be submissive and to take what they decide you will have. You have fallen for the propaganda, the same tactics that you claim “stupid” Republicans fall for. You are giving away the last bit of power we, as citizens, have. Your paranoia and fear are causing you to make bad, irreversible decisions for the next generation. As much as you want to believe in fairy tales, you are no better than the religious people you criticize for believing that Jesus will save them. There will always be evil lurking in the shadows. Wake up and look at the world for what it is. Unless you are living in a stupor of ignorance, you must see that there are wars, oppression, monopolies, starving children, drugs, corruption and injustices everywhere around us. As long as there is greed, ego and the thirst for power, there will be a need to protect ourselves. That’s the intention behind the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Without the Second Amendment, there is no Constitution.
Please take a few minutes to review the chart I made through much effort to find these statistics from reliable sources. They clearly demonstrate what gun bans do. Facts don’t change according to what you want to believe. As the comment below points out, I did not post the rates, as they were not available, but if you allow for crime rates decreasing naturally and factor in population growth, then they even out. The UK and AUS are not large countries with mass numbers like the US. These statistics are fair and they show that you cannot stop murder, even if you take away all of the guns.