What is more, the increasing tempo of shooting spree incidents and their coverage by the media is increasingly unsettling America’s social conscience.
No, the media coverage is encouraging the next one.
Members of GRA organisations such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) will not even compromise on the right to have access to assault rifles and high capacity magazines, equipment that clearly goes above and beyond giving their owners the means to defend themselves.
What triggered the war for independence was the attempt of the Brits to disarm us.
To an outsider at least, is perhaps the most bewildering thing of all. Yet these organisations are surprisingly influential in mainstream politics.
It’s pretty simple. It’s right in the Declaration of Independence.
“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
A Gallup poll shows that Americans quickly baulk at compromising the 2nd Amendment itself but other research by CNN/ORC shows that when more specific gun restriction policies are presented to them, such as ‘banning semi-automatics’ and ‘background checks’ most Americans are in favour of them.
Most Americans who watch CNN have no idea that there is a difference between automatic and semi-automatic firearms. They don’t know how they work, they have never shot one, and all they know they have seen in movies and on TV.
In the 21st century, the spirit of frontier justice that exists through the 2nd Amendment contradicts the ongoing civilisation process that underlines western culture.
Tell that to these folks. They were disarmed first.
This will unlikely happen though and the status quo will continue, that is, political intransigence and further shooting sprees for the foreseeable future at least.
What has been common in 98.2% of mass shootings is that they have occurred in what is known as a “Gun Free Zone™”. People have put up signs like talismans to ward off evil, and they work as well as most good-luck charms. Actually worse, because mass-shooters pick Gun Free Zones™ to give them a soft target to attack.
Every wonder why there are no mass shootings at Police stations or shooting ranges?*
So instead of banning guns, we ought to ban Gun Free Zones™
Is it possible for Americans to learn to reserve their sentiments for what it means to be an American whilst recognising the 2nd Amendment for what it is?
I know what the Second Amendment is. It is a restraint on the Federal Government with regard to my God-given right to defend myself and my family with deadly force. The same deadly-force that matches the army. The same deadly force that the Founding Fathers used against the Brits, having the same type of gun that was used against them.
* Before you mention military bases, military bases are gun-free zones.
Tony, In a lot of your retorts the general theme seems to be ‘we need our guns in case our government tries to take them from us prior to establishing a tyranny where our constitutional rights would be ripped up. Here are examples of other peoples who had, or tried to have, their firearms taken of off them and look to what ends that was for.’
As a non American, I this view that the government, democratically elected, comprising of your fellow Americans, could well be the enemy on the inside waiting for the population to drop their guard so that they can be oppressed and controlled (possibly akin to the oppression and control the Church and aristocracies had over their European populations and which the first settlers were fleeing?) a fascinating one. Doesn’t that view fly in the face of the constant cultural narrative that the US is a land of the free? How do certain segments of the US citizenry reconcile believing that the US is this free and equal nation in spirit and at the same time that the nation’s population, in theory merely representing the will of the people, is a potential dictatorship if only you would allow yourselves to become pacified? Please try to answer how you and your fellow Americans accommodate both views at the cultural level.