First of all, let me say that my heart goes out to the victims and families in Connecticut, as well as the victims and families in Oregon and the other places that have seen senseless violence lately. Senseless tragedies like these are a blight on our nation and our species. What makes me just as angry as the tragedies themselves, though, is how quickly the tragedies have been politicized by those pushing their gun-control agenda, as if tighter gun regulations are the answer. These pundits ignore the fact that our Constitution gives us the right to own guns, and many are actually calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment of the Constitution altogether. I do not agree with these pundits.
“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.” Second Amendment to the United States Constitution – Part of the “Bill of Rights.”
So many people are confused about what the 2nd Amendment is all about. They read it and assume that the amendment is designed to allow people to be part of the state militias (which was the way the armed forces were organized prior to the Civil War before the government usurped the states and formed the national armed forces). Nothing could be further from the truth. The 2nd Amendment was written because, since the states (and now the federal government) have militias, the people need to be able to have arms to keep the militias in check so no government or elected official could use the militias to create a tyrannical dictatorship in American (like we have seen recently). In short, it’s how we as citizens prevent the state and federal governments from infringing on our other rights.
To dominate a people you must first disarm a people. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and many other dictators over the years have understood this. Where there is the most gun control (Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC, most of New England), there is the most crime. Where these is the least gun control (Texas, Georgia), there is the least crime. Where teachers are armed (Israel), children and teachers are safe. The problem is not with the guns. A person wanting to commit murder will use whatever weapons are available (the guy in China who killed 22 with a knife recently).
The problem is a society where violence is tolerated and people have no means to defend themselves. THAT is the problem we need to focus on, not on the fact that the maniac used a gun to commit violence.
The 2nd Amendment exists so that, as citizens of a free nation, we may ensure the protection of all of our other freedoms. Taking away freedom does not provide safety or security – it ensures slavery and domination. Let’s not rush in to take away the freedoms of law-abiding citizens out of fear or to appease a political agenda. Let’s solve the real problem before we wake up one day to realize that freedom is a distant and lost dream in this country.