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Why I Support the Second Ammendment

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.

Like this guy. He’s slightly deranged.

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.

We definitely don’t need to do this again.

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.

If a robber with a gun breaks into your home what would you rather have? This or your own gun?

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.

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15 thoughts on “Why I Support the Second Ammendment

  1. Great post! I do, however, take exception with one thing in particular in your column: the need for a mental health exam in order to legally obtain a firearm. Even IF this were a requirement (impediment?) to get a gun, crazy people can get them just as quickly and easily as other bad guys do. Anybody disturbed enough to go on a killing spree is plenty smart enough to find a weapon on the Black Market and bypass such a step. Just a thought.


    Posted by fearlessleaderofthedumbasshorde | November 29, 2012, 12:05 pm
    • True, but it seems recently that some of these people are buying their guns legally, since they have no criminal record, and then going all psycho on us.

      Like I said, I don’t have the answers, but abolition is NOT the answer. I do know that.


      Posted by twindaddy | November 29, 2012, 12:07 pm
  2. In addition to crime statistics from the UK, there is also data from the U.S. (for example, I just read http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/27/mystery-virginia-gun-violence-falls-as-gun-sales-soar/ earlier today).


    Posted by Null | November 29, 2012, 12:47 pm
  3. Excellent post with excellent points. I bristle when the government tries to regulate or repeal anything “for my own good”. Cut it out already! IL prohibits conceal carry and we have plenty of shootings. Some of our towns are attempting to fight the state, we will see what happens. I’m on the fence about a test especially if the illness can be controlled….plenty of “sane” people snap just as well. Thanks for the good read.


    Posted by leah | November 29, 2012, 2:09 pm
  4. I think you misstated my point. I think that background checks are necessary for folks buying guns, and that should include finding out about their psychological history. I don’t think Joe at the gun show should (or should need to) become a pop psychologist. (God forbid) Still, time to look at whether a person buying a gun has a history of violence, criminal behavior, aggression, etc. etc. is not unreasonable.

    Neither is registering a gun. Or guns. And yes, I know, criminals won’t do that. But registration and identification of weapons will help solve some crimes. Every little bit helps.

    There are a few people who believe that guns should be taken away. But, like the folks stockpiling them in anticipation that they will be taken away, they are, ummm, crazy. It’s not going to happen.

    Responsible gun laws though? Registration? Serious background checks? Limits on assault rifles? Limits on quantities of ammunition purchased? Those are safety measures. And just like I have to have my car’s brakes inspected every year so that I don’t plow into a bus and kill 50 random people, reasonable precautions that will protect the lives of random people should be enacted and enforced.

    And the rights guaranteed by the Constitution CAN be taken away. The mechanism is right there in the Constitution itself — Amendments. (The Second Amendment was not originally part of the Constitution — it itself is an Amendment). But amending the constitution is a cumbersome process though, and very few have been ratified. There have been only 27 successful Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

    Repeal of the 2nd, or an amendment to amend the 2nd is highly unlikely to happen. Somewhere around the snowball’s chance in hell.

    Supporting the 2nd Amendment? Fine. Supporting reasonable gun laws? They aren’t mutually exclusive.


    Posted by Elyse | December 2, 2012, 9:42 am


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