Enough is enough.
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Average Americans, by nature, are really nice people willing to overlook behaviors that make them uncomfortable. This is especially true when it comes to the Constitution – at least the document that was actually written and is currently used for governance, not the made-up one that the lunatic fringe is always using as an example.
As of today, October 1, 2015, there have been more mass shootings than days this year. According to the Shooting Tracker, a crowd-sourced project by the Guns Are Cool subreddit (for those who don’t have a sense of humor, the title is sarcasm), there have been 295 mass shootings in 2015. A mass shooting is defined as four or more people shot in one incident.
Shot, as in they got a bullet in their body somewhere.
This has happened 295 times already.
October 1 is the 274th day of the year.
Just think about it. Every single day of this year there was a mass shooting. Every single day. It boggles the mind. Of course the news isn’t reporting this, it’s becoming so common no one is paying attention anymore. Something that happens every day is no longer newsworthy.
While the majority of Americans would like to see some form of gun control, the fact that more than 20 elementary school children were killed and we still don’t have any regulation shows that nothing will stop the gun lobby. Dead children would not convince them. They are heartless.
But all is not lost.
There are two words that we can use in the Second Amendment to try and bring some sanity back to our nation.
The very first words of the Amendment: “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.”
- Irresponsible and/or mentally disable people with a closet full of guns are not well regulated.
- Unstable people with open carry permits are not well regulated.
- People who give small children guns with NO training are not well regulated.
This nation requires citizens to be a minimum age, take a test, and carry a license to drive a car. Cars are perfectly capable of killing people. Auto accidents kill people all the time. There are laws governing responsible driving and if someone is found incapable of being responsible then they lose their license.
Driving is well regulated. Gun ownership is not.
In the interest of full disclosure I grew up around guns. My father and extended family were hunters, venison is still one of my favorite meats, and my uncle kept trained Labrador dogs for duck hunting. From an extremely young age I was taught 2 very important rules:
- ALWAYS assume the gun is loaded.
- DO NOT point a gun at anyone or anything you don’t intend to shoot.
Those rules were drilled into me constantly. Back in those days (60s-70s) the National Rifle Association (NRA) supported gun laws and training for those who wanted to learn. Even today state Fish and Game departments offer classes on safe gun handling.
Today’s NRA is vastly different from the one in my younger years. And they are the biggest problem. They are using their platform to prey on the fearful and paranoid and the gun companies are making billions of dollars in sales. The NRA is still one of the biggest lobbyists on Capital Hill. The NRA controls the ability to create laws that would infringe on gun ownership. Any time they or their members feel threatened they scream “Second Amendment.” But their Second Amendment is only half of the actual Amendment.
The term “well regulated” is ignored, but it is the very first clause of the Amendment. Even our Forefathers knew that too many crazy people with guns would be a problem for this developing nation. Well regulated means that we should have background checks, that we should be licensing people to own guns, and that we should be more intelligent than we have been.
Everyone is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness according to the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment does not overrule that statement. Children that are safe in their schools and people who are safe in their homes are more important than an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment already states that the government can control who does and does not have the right to keep guns.
It’s time for all of us to wise up and fulfill the first clause of the Second Amendment.