“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” — Declaration of Independence
Before proceeding, let me jast say that we are not at that point where we have to overthrow our government, at least not yet. Having said this, let me proceed with my analysis.
The whole point of the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution is encapsulated by the opening sentence of this post, which I copied from the Declaration of Independence. Many of our founding fathers did not believe in the idea of a central government, let alone actually forming one. Their experiences with one — the British crown — had not been a good one, and many felt that a powerful central government would eventually and inevitably ignore its citizens’ voice, their rights, and become a force for evil rather than serving the people that gave it the power to exist. Therefore, many of our founding fathers fought for the dispersion of power among the states with a relatively weak central government. In addition, they fought for the inclusion of the 2nd Amendment into the Bill of Rights, which is supposed to ensure that the citizens of our country have the ability to overthrow an oppressive or dictatorial government should the occasion arise again.
In this light, the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with our hunting rights, home protection or recreation. And, everything to do with the ability of the citizenry to throw off the shackles of tyranny. Therefore, the current debate regarding the 2nd Amendment is virtually irrelevant. In fact, the ownership of military-style assault weapons, large capacity magazines and other military-style equipment by non-military Americans is essential in honoring both the letter and the spirit of the 2nd Amendment, because if the occasion to rise-up against central authority should ever again become a necessity, we must be able to match the firepower of the military as much as we can.
Therefore, the current stance of the anti-2nd Amendment group is grossly missing the point of the 2nd Amendment, which then leads them to errant conclusions. This is not to say that the concerns of this group about the proliferation of gun violence is irrelevant or immaterial; it isn’t. However, this does not mean that their conclusions about gun control is valid in the context of why the founding fathers included the right to bear arms as the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.
Also, it isn’t a coincidence that the 2nd Amendment is 2nd among all of the Amendments; 2nd only to the our most sacred and sacrosanct Amendments among the Bill of Rights: The 1st Amendment, which guarantees our right to free speech, freedom of religion (which should really be interpreted as freedom of philosophy), freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom to petition our government for the redress of grievances. In fact, I would argue that the 2nd Amendment was intended to be an extension of the 1st Amendment in the sense that if we cannot peaceably change our government or change unjust policies through discussion, debate and democratic processes then we have the right, even an obligation, to do so using more forceful means. Again, this is not to say that we are at the point where we need to resort to violence to make changes to our government and government policies. However, no one can predict the future in this regard. And, therefore, it is critical to not only understand and recognize the true nature of the 2nd Amendment, but also to do everything in our means to defend it and preserve it in all aspects.
In this light, the debate on whether we should allow non-military personnel access to military-style assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and other military-style equipment is not only completely irrelevant, but also highly incongruous with being American and a severe violation of our rights.
Additionally, we must never lose sight of the fact that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. If crazies and criminals did not have access to guns, any guns, people would still find ways to murder and kill, whether it be through the use of explosives, poison, chemicals, biological compounds, or simpler weapons like swords, knives, bows and arrows, clubs, etc. Therefore, the solutions to the problems of gun violence doesn’t lie with restricting access to certain weapons, but with the proper management of the mentally disturbed and our judicial system. Even more important, we must properly educate our children by instilling them with a rational and Just moral philosophy, which allows our children to be well-grounded, secure, confident, assured, and thoughtful adults, which should go a long way into preventing them from lashing out and inappropriately expressing their frustrations and anger.
Lastly, and most immediately, the press – including digital, print, and other – must not publicize the names, pictures or “manifestos” of the perpetrators of mass killings. By giving “fame” to the “crazies,” it motivates other similar individuals to engage in equally heinous acts. Therefore, the first of such horrible acts may be the responsibility of the perpetrator(s), but subsequent acts are at least partially the responsibility of the press who give “fame” to these “nut jobs.” Of course, the press is acting on profit motives, which is driven by the desire of the “greater public” for “information;” however, this does not mitigate the fact that the press is providing incentive to future insane individuals.
The bottom-line is that the 2nd Amendment is there for our long-term protection and is a vital part of the vitality of our society. And, current episodes of gun violence has little to do with the spirit nor the letter of the 2nd Amendment. Therefore, it is imperative that we do not compromise the veracity of the 2nd Amendment nor allow politicians to curb, restrict or otherwise weaken the 2nd Amendment in the name of “doing something” to prevent future episodes of insanity. The 2nd Amendment is there to provide us with the measure of last resort, while gun violence is a matter of insanity or criminal activity. And, the two have nothing in common. It is absolutely possible for us to honor and uphold both the letter and the spirit of the 2nd Amendment and allow non-military citizens of this country access to military-style weapons, while finding real solutions to curb gun violence.
Also, eliminating access to military-style armament will only encourage development of black markets and smuggling. This only benefits the criminal element and hurts law-abiding citizens. We know this because of Prohibition during the 1920s. If we try to eliminate the ownership of certain weapons, this will have little to no effect on the criminal elements of society and the “crazies” that are determined to get their hands on such weapons; they will find ways to get their hands on these weapons and, in the process, create more violence. Therefore, it should be clear to everyone that eliminating legal ownership of these weapons is not only fruitless, but also highly ineffective in reducing gun violence.
This means that the current proliferation of gun-control laws will neither help to curb criminal activity involving guns nor help reduce/eliminate mass killings in the future. All that these poorly conceived laws will accomplish is to violate our Constitutional rights, leave us defenseless in the face of future potential tyranny, give the thoughtless false comfort and hurt law abiding citizens, while doing nothing to reduce gun violence in our society. Sadly, this issue, once again, very amply demonstrates not only the ignorance of the American public, but also illustrates how little the average American actually thinks.
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