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Guns and the Second Amendment to the US Constitution

The current debate over gun control has evoked all kinds of stupid responses. Of course, those on the Right quickly say the Second Amendment to the Constitution meaning is very clear when it comes to gun ownership. I have read this amendment several times and it is not set in concrete as they suggest. The 2nd Amendment talks about a well-regulated militia. This suggests something on the order of the National Guard. Back when this document was drawn up, those called to muster brought their own guns. There were few if any armories. Therefore, people were expected to have their own gun with no restrictions from the government. I repeat-no restrictions from the government.

Here is where the 2nd Amendment clashes with those who suggest it gives all Americans unfettered access to guns. If it indeed does this, how can those on the Right propose denying some people the right to own a gun? They say insane people should not have the right to own guns, and should not have 2nd Amendment protection.  The Right says criminals (felons) should not own guns. They say people of a certain age group (children) should not own guns. According to most people on the Right, the above-mentioned segment of society rights under the 2nd Amendment should be voided. Pray tell me, where in the 2nd amendment does it deny gun ownership to the above mentioned people?

When asked why they feel gun ownership is so important, those on the Right have one standard answer. They need the guns to protect their homes, families and self- but mostly for home protection. In its simplest term, they feel threatened. Let us use their logic. Is it possible for an insane person to feel threatened? The same applies to felons. They certainly can feel threatened. Gang members probably feel more threatened than most people. Should they be denied the right to have a gun for self-protection? Those little Angels, recently killed in Connecticut were certainly threatened. Since they were threatened, should they have had the right to own, possess and carry guns?

This nation is governed under rules of law. Many laws (restrictions) were put in place for the good of society. Certainly some people may feel some laws impose unnecessary restrictions on their personal behavior/actions. However, people are expected to give up a certain amount of individuality when they become part of the social order.

Those on the Right should stop hiding behind the 2nd Amendment to the US constitution. There is only so much room behind it. Do not allow this amendment to get in the way of common sense. Would your thinking be different if your child was one of the 20 recently buried children in Connecticut? Really think about it.

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December 29, 2012 - Posted by | Politics

3 Comments »

  1. “I have read this amendment several times and it is not set in concrete as they suggest”- The 2nd Amendment is most definitely set in concrete, but, it has seen much indifference and even hostility. The reason for this is the lack of knowledge, or understanding, of the words which make up the 2nd Amendment.

    Our founding fathers were not dumb, they were well minded, thoughtful, and sought out personal liberty for all men, because all men in their eyes were created equal. If you can imagine yourself parachuting to this world for the first time, awakening to the beautiful morning light peering over the vastness of the Earth, no document is needed to explain to you that your right to Life is yours to protect.

    What we are dealing with are people who live in fear, people who cannot even recite one line from either the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta, hell, they can’t recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” without taking time to reflect its meaning!

    This Amendment was passed with a voice vote, without no objections. If any of these great men were to wake up from their graves to see a nation, who’s rights were secured through bloodshed, bickering about how we should go about protecting our lives, would be at a loss of words. People talk about how semi-autos have place in the public, well hell, neither were cannons back then, still, the most remote man in this country had access to one and had every right to use it. Anything else to add to this would be redundant, so what’s the solution?

    “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people possesses arms, and BE TAUGHT ALIKE ( caps added for attention), especially WHEN YOUNG, how to use them.” – Richard Henry Lee, Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and the member of the senate, which passed the Bill of Rights

    The solution is education. America lacks education, and that’s being polite about it. Wayne Lapierre said it very well in his NRA press conference this year:
    “Have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order?”

    Also, not pick apart your post, because it is constructive and I enjoyed reading it, a well-regulated militia does not suggest, or have any relation to be the same as the National Guard.

    Comment by ridicckk | December 29, 2012 | Reply

  2. Thanks for your response to my article. I am still waiting for you to tell me who,, under the 2nd Amendment, should, and can be legally denied the right to own a gun. Would you agree that anyone can feel threatened and want to own and carry a firearm, no matter their state of mind or criminal background?
    Regarding my comparing a militia to the National Guard. Would you agree that during the time the Amendment was made, militias were called out to quell uprisings and other local issues that were beyond the scope of the local law. Isn’t this the same way our National Guard is used today?
    Let me be clear on the whole gun ownership.debate. I grew up in the country, where guns were in all households. I owned my first gun at the young age of 15. My dad did not agree to allow me to buy this gun for self-protection. The reason most people purchase guns today, is to give themselves a sense of security.
    The US has been trying to make Afghanistan safe and secure at the point of a gun since 9-11.. Has it been successful? .

    Comment by lcthornton | December 30, 2012 | Reply

  3. One thing I neglected to mention. when US citizens see this Nation applying gun-boat diplomacy in its relationship with several nations; It is very difficult if not impossible to convince people that guns/force is just one way to resolve conflict,

    Comment by lcthornton | December 30, 2012 | Reply


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