The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is not ambiguous. 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.
While our forefathers could not be the fortune tellers of the future, they were still clear.
The United States has a well regulated milita. It has a military which surpasses most of its counterparts, with grenade launchers, smart bombs, and everything else it needs to defend its country.
The second Amendment was never intended as a free license for citizens to own hand guns and assault weapons.
If you look at the statistics of the world’s countries, the big eight had 157 gun deaths in 2003. The US had a number approaching 47,000.
There is no logical explanation but for the gun laws. Hand guns and assault weapons are destructive, not constructive.
As an animal lover, I could go further, but won’t. Because I know that hunting (as heinous as it to me) is a necessary thing when hunters are responsible and hunt what they will eat. Like fisherman who will eat what they catch.
I KNOW the opposing argument to eliminating handguns and assault weapons. The criminals will get them anyway. I would hope, in my world seen through the rose colored glasses that I have been accused of, that if diligence is used, we can get the guns. We can get the guns which wreak havoc on our society and perpetuate the statistics. We CAN get them, even from the criminals. It just requires due diligence, which this country may or may not have.
We’ve got to get ‘em. Not from just citizens, but from criminals.
We have to make the penalties so stringent and strict that to have them isn’t worth it (unless one likes prison atmosphere for life), and we have to put a stop to it.
It is NOT deviant or a means to obfuscate the 2nd amendment to do so. Hunters can have their guns (ugh). Citizens can have their protection via guns other than handguns and assault weapons. And criminals must be quashed in their steps with the strictest penalties or at the very least the absconding of their weapons.
So let the rain fall…I’m going to get it from both sides. But you have to at least consider this. Eight of the most prolific countries on earth had 147 gun deaths last year. We had 40,000. That isn’t a coincidence. It is matter of the gun laws. I have tried to include book references that are on both sides of the issue.
Until we are ready to give up the handguns and assault weapons, we cannot begin to solve the problem….
Hell, as a republican, we can blow away intruders with hunting weapons (ugh) and shotguns….others are not necessary.