There has been much ado about the 2nd amendment in the past year or so. There has been much speculation that Obama, without fear of NOT getting re-elected, will use his second term to attempt to repeal the 2nd amendment. For those of you too slow to keep up, the 2nd amendment grants US citizens the right to bear arms.
Gun abolitionists use every killing spree as evidence that guns should be banned while supporters of the 2nd amendment stand by it as a constitutional right that cannot and should not be taken away. They also point towards the crime statistics of the UK, which skyrocketed after they abolished guns a few years ago. After all, guns don’t kill people. People with damaged brains and guns kill people.
Our founding fathers originally added the second amendment to our constitution as a means to defend freedom from a tyrannical government. Namely ours. Many supporters of the 2nd amendment take this to heart. I personally know one person who is stocking up guns and ammunition in anticipation of the coming revolution. I don’t know what revolution is coming and if there is one brewing I hope it’s avoided. I’d hate for this country to suffer through another civil war. I’d hate it even more if it happens in my lifetime. Or my children’s lifetime.
I don’t wish for our right to bear arms to be used for a revolution, although I don’t disagree that drastic changes need to be made in the way our country operates.
But Twindaddy, you support the 2nd amendment. Why do you support it if you don’t agree with the founding fathers?
I’m glad you asked, dearest reader. This is why…
This is obviously a satirical video, but hopefully you understood it’s point. Unfortunately, there are evil people out there who would rob you, rape you, beat you, or kill you for their own nonsensical and deranged reasons. I believe the 2nd amendment provides you with a means to defend yourself and that means should not be taken away. Let’s face it. Anyone who believes that criminals won’t be able to obtain firearms if they are outlawed is foolish or naive. Or both. Abolition of alcohol certainly didn’t stop people from making and distributing it. The abolition of marijuana and other illegal drugs certainly doesn’t stop addicts and potheads from obtaining them. Make no mistake, if guns are outlawed criminals will still have them and you, the law-abiding citizen, will not. And how will you defend yourself when an armed robber fearlessly invades your home knowing you have no way to shoot back? His pistol has a longer reach than your Louisville Slugger I bet.
Should there be stricter gun laws? Probably. In some states it’s all-too-easy to obtain a firearm legally. As my blogging buddy Elyse over at Fifty-Four and a Half has repeatedly declared, a psychiatric test should be administered in addition to a background check when you attempt to buy a firearm. I have to agree with her. Most of these people that go on killing sprees have some sort of mental illness.
I’ll admit that I don’t have all the answers when it comes to gun control. I don’t know how to solve the problem. But I do know that taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will make this country a more dangerous place to live. Especially since die-hard NRA and 2nd amendment supporters will likely NOT give up their firearms without a fight. And then we WILL have a civil war on our hands.
So, please, folks. Give up on abolishing guns. It is not the answer.