The 2nd 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.

Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Amendment

Noun

1.

The act of amending or the state of being amended.

2.

An alteration of or addition to a motion, bill, constitution, etc.

3.

A change made by correction, addition, or deletion

The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution repealed the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which had mandated nationwide Prohibition on alcohol on January 16, 1919. The Twenty-first Amendment was ratified on December 5, 1933

Recently President Trump in his infinite wisdom repealed the order that banned the mentally ill from owning firearms, making this post slightly dated but, in my opinion, necessary.

I have never shot a gun. I have no interest in ever shooting a gun and I do not know what could ever make me shoot a gun. I have only ever held a gun once. Some people like guns. That is the argument for guns. People like them and enjoy buying and shooting them. It is not a great argument but it is the only argument available. Gun advocates are too quick to point to the second amendment as a reason why guns should be legal and allowed.

Let me preface this article by saying that I do not think the only solution is to ban guns. Yes I believe guns should be banned, I think that owning a gun is the height of stupidity and in countries where guns are universally banned gun violence is significantly less frequent than it is in the states. I am not sure if there is a correlation there but it is worth investigating. Having said that, people argue that guns are a right granted by the second amendment and this is true. However, as illustrated amendments can and have been changed in the past, so the fact that the second amendment does exist does not mean it has to forever. I am also going to gloss over the fact that the second amendment was written to defend the electorate from a tyrannical government showing up at your house and demanding that you pay taxes. As this doesn’t happen the second amendment is dated and at the very least needs to be reexamined. However this article does not concern the banning of guns as much as I may want that to be the end result.

Guns in the right hands are no more dangerous than any other tool. I think they are stupid yes, but some people, most people in fact, that own guns use them to hunt, or to go to a shooting range, or in some cases protection, and these people use their guns safely and responsibly. (I could go on for quite a while about hunting or protection but that is not the aim here.)

The aim here is to question anyone that thinks that there isn’t a problem with current gun control laws. The number of mass shootings in America account for %31 of mass shootings globally, and the number of accidental shootings between 2014 and 2016 of children under the age of 17 was more than 1,000. The fact that a kid can walk into a Walmart with $135 (give or take) and walk out with a gun is absolutely ridiculous. The argument against gun control is nonexistent. No president, and especially not President Obama, has ever argued for banning guns. The NRA is a very intelligent, very powerful organization that caters to any fears that they can exploit and as a result they get people to believe that Obama is after their guns but this has never been true. Universal background checks are not infringing upon anyone’s rights, not letting private sellers sell to the highest bidder under the guise of a gun show is not a fascist regime out to destroy freedom, having mandated waiting periods while certain details are examined does not prevent anyone from living their life as an American citizen. These arguments are silly at best and dangerous at worst. Guns are dangerous, this seems like the most obvious thing I have ever written but I feel that it needs stating because those people that let their toddlers get a hold of their guns and shoot themselves seem not to realize this. Gun laws need to be changed. This isn’t up for debate. There is no argument for not changing them. The man who perpetrated the worst mass shooting in the history of the world was on an FBI terrorist watch list and yet he was still able to legally buy a gun. People who own and use guns responsibly should be the first in line to want stricter gun laws because it is the mass shooters that give them a bad name but for some reason it is these people that are the first out of the gate to cry second amendment after a mass shooting, I cannot stress enough that nothing that Obama has done has even remotely limited people’s ability to buy guns legally. In fact, gun laws under Obama have actually become looser than they were under former President George Bush. And yet every time there is a bill proposed to make common sense laws like universal background checks mandatory gun toting idiots claim that the commie wants their guns and the only way to stop him is by buying more guns.

The Sandy Hook shooter killed his mother and took her gun that she had acquired legally and used it to kill 20 children and 6 adults. Again this article is not about banning guns, and I have no idea if anyone who does own a gun would read this article but the amount of common sense it takes to see that something that has the ability to kill multiple people in a matter of seconds should at least be more closely monitored is ludicrously low. I have lived overseas for almost 4 years now and when with my British friends guns come up they make fun of me and I find there is nothing I can say or do to defend myself. A two year old shoots his mother and nothing happens. A man opens fire in a movie theatre killing a dozen people and nothing happens. A couple murders 14 people in San Bernadino and nothing happens. 2 high schoolers bring guns to school and kill 13 peers of theirs and nothing happens. A man walks into an elementary school and shoots 20 students and 6 adults and nothing happens. A kid opens fire on a black church in South Carolina killing 9 and nothing happens. A man walks into a night club and kills 50 people and nothing happens. All of these, excluding Columbine are alarmingly recent and the only link between them is that after the fact nothing happened. What has to happen for gun laws to be made stricter? This is not a rhetorical question because after every one of these shootings people cry second amendment and refuse to open up a discourse because it is their right to own guns and no one can take my gun from me. How stupid must we look to the rest of the world? How ridiculous is it that after 50 people are killed in a matter of minutes people rush to defend the gun laws not the victims? It is unthinkable that time and time again after these mass shootings nothing happens.

Maybe stricter gun laws wouldn’t work. Maybe this would succeed in arming only the bad guys. Maybe the statistics would stay the same. Maybe this would lead to more shootings and more deaths but I honestly don’t see how that would even be possible at this point. Gun laws must be fixed, now more than ever, and what has Trump done about this? He has made it easier for the mentally ill to get their hands on guns.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/10/14/ap-usa-today-gun-accidents-children/91906700/

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/27/health/u-s-most-mass-shootings/

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/28/517799119/trump-repeals-rule-designed-to-block-gun-sales-to-certain-mentally-ill-people

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