Rambling of the Day: Bang, bang – time to talk guns!

23 Jan

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Woohoo, it’s Second Amendment time! I’m talking about guns today, people, so get on board or get over it.

First off, I don’t own a gun. I might someday, but I don’t right now. So this rant has nothing to do with me personally wanting to retain a weapon.

Secondly, I want to dispel one argument right off the bat, because I hear it all the time and it drives me completely insane. The Second Amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting. Stop posing the argument: Why do you need more than a few bullets in your magazine to shoot a deer? There is not a single clause in the Constitution that talks about hunting. Our gun rights are not to ensure that we can hunt as we please. They are specifically there for our protection – get this – against government.

Here’s the actual text if you need to brush up:

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)

Like that? A militia is necessary to the security of a free state. But what’s a militia, and why did the writers of the Bill of Rights think it necessary to the freedom of the people? A militia is defined as an irregular army – non-professional fighters who are citizens but not soldiers. Why would an irregular army of non-professional armed citizens be necessary to having a free state?

Oh, those Founders. Always thinking ahead. Maybe it’s because they realized that one of the very first steps tyrannical governments take when they want to control their populace is to come after their weapons. Maybe they realized that the quickest way to control the people and limit their freedoms is to leave them helpless to defend themselves.

Okay, so the Second Amendment isn’t about hunting. But if guns are meant to protect you against the government, then why can’t you have a shoulder-launch missile or hand grenades like the military does? If you have to protect yourself against the government, who controls the military, how are you going to do that with your rifle or handgun? Okay, obviously citizens are not going to have the same level of weaponry as the military. The point is not to be armed with the same things the military is armed with – the point is to pose a threat. Meaning the government would have to think twice before forcing us out of our homes and relocating us to internment camps or what have you, because they would have to consider the fact that they have an armed populace that would not come quietly. (This is just a scenario – I don’t see internment camps in the government’s near future plans.)

Our gun rights come second in our Bill of Rights only to freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition. The writers of our country’s earliest, most important documents knew the importance of this right. They knew that these rights were necessary to the security of a free state. Perhaps our leaders in government need to be reminded of this. Perhaps they should stop aiming their initiatives at law-abiding gun owners and crack down on enforcing laws that are already in place. Perhaps we should look at where most of the shootings happen in our country before we rush to new gun control measurements. Seems logical, right? But that would be counterproductive for the gun-grabbers in Washington. They don’t want truthful statistics, like this one:

With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns. (National Review)

And they would have to explain why Chicago, with some of the tightest gun laws in the country, isn’t the safest place in the country. They would have to question if the 513 homicides in Chicago last year alone – more than allied losses in Afghanistan – might have something to do with that. They might have to… think.

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