Don’t blame the gun, blame the person firing it…and other NRA-sponsored myths

21 07 2012

 

This is the full text of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was ratified and adopted as law on December 15, 1791.

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

That’s it. Short and sweet.

The words that catch my eye are “well regulated militia”, “necessary”, “security”, “free state” and “shall not be infringed”.

It doesn’t define what “arms” can be, but I think it is safe to assume that AK47s, tear gas and full body armor were not considered to be essential for a “well regulated militia”.

Infringed is also a grey area. My dictionary defines it as “transgress, disobey, break”. It also uses the words “violation” and “transgression”.

People who believe that guns are not the problem will be working themselves into a frenzy defending their “right” to arm themselves and to own a variety of weapons – presumably these are the “arms” that the Founding Fathers were thinking about.

So my questions are… a) don’t people who go to a movie theater to watch a film have the right to do so without the fear of dying and b) didn’t the company who sold James Holmes, who was obviously not part of a “well regulated militia”, the weapons and the 6,000 rounds of ammunition think that perhaps he might not be intending to use them for hunting deer.

Just a thought.

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3 responses

21 07 2012
Darren

Two separate points…a well regulated militia (which the US no longer has once could argue…the army does not count)…and the right of individuals. A sticky thought for you…due to a crazed individual smashing through a sliding glass door as a babe slept…your wife may never have been born if not for her grandfather making it a point to keep and bear arms…and knowing how to use them safely for sport and protection of self and loved ones. In response to this shooting…many of us who do keep, bear, and train…are probably wishing we would have been there. Things would have been different.

21 07 2012
davidjbolton

Contrary to popular belief, I have no real problem with citizens having guns for “protection”. Where the line needs to be drawn is the selling of semi-automatic weapons to individuals that have other motives in mind. Flags can be raised for internet purchases that would exceed personal use, as does the purchase of a number of weapons by one person in a limited period of time.

It is also not the job of citizens to “police” locations that have been targeted by “crazed individuals”. That just leads to more problems. In the case of the movie madman, a cinema filled with armed/trained gun-owners could have just turned into (more of) a bloodbath. Gun ownership does not equal sanity, protecting loved ones is very noble but a police force was created for a reason. What needs to happen is that gun laws need to be tougher, sales of weapons need to be strictly controlled and background checks (which wouldn’t have helped in this case, although apparently Holmes was a “quiet person who spent his time behind his door” should have flagged something up) need to be extensive and lengthy – I suggest a minimum of 6 months from registering an interest in buying a gun to actually being able to get it.

And I am very grateful that my wife is related to someone who owns a gun. That means she doesn’t need one.

21 07 2012
Darren

My Limey friend….I live much of the year in a British colony I believe you know where I may not keep and bear arms…god save the queen. In fact…I can not even buy a can of keychain mace for my mother and sister. The criminals however….as criminals do…regardless of any 6 month wait or law you can conceive…dodge the law and carry knives, helmets, and guns…and use them on those of us who do abide by the law, that we may or may not agree with. You should be “grateful” that if/when she decides to carry (legally) herself she may one day save your life…she’s a hell of a shot. I fear however In the event of a life/death confrontation like her mother was involved in…given your convictions…would you be able to protect her? I would, but is that not your foremost job? And I’ve met many people who are alive today, and who’s loved ones are alive today solely because their convictions differ from yours. A striking statistic for you to consider before being grateful…1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Can you believe that? NY Times footnote below. So I”ll leave you with a thought from someone far wiser than I: “walk softly, but carry a big stick”. Regrettably in today’s world, that stick better go bang.

Cheers

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