Repeal the Second Amendment

Let’s be honest — the second amendment was a safety measure the founding fathers put in the constitution in the worst case we, Americans, ever needed to violently overthrow our government again.

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.

It was the red coats' attack on the colonists' stashes of muskets in Concord and Lexington that actually triggered the revolutionary war. So one can understand why the fledgling US Congress would enact this safeguard, lest the evil British empire try to take their guns and hard won sovereignty away.

At least that’s one of many interpretations to this contentious legalese. So continuing with this viewpoint, then it’s based on the assumption that diplomatic solutions were not an option. Violence was the only answer. And this was clearly the case 200 years ago. Try as we might, dumping tea into the Boston harbor, did not convince the King to change his taxation policy towards the unruly colonists.

But now, not only have we a mature and sophisticated government, that has served as the model for many democracies, but it is our own government, and not a monarch overseas, like an estranged and distant great uncle. Even in our darkest hours, and there have been some, McArthyism and the Red Scare, to name a few, we’ve only taken up arms during the Civil War. Does anyone seriously believe we are going to stoop to violence to resolve political issues in the United States today? Well actually that’s what Timothy McVeigh and other home grown terrorist have done.

So it’s time to repeal the 2nd Amendment, because it’s not just dangerously wrong, it’s irrelevant.

Now let’s look at what guns are actually used for today. According to Wikipedia, there are over 300 million guns in the US — one for every man woman and child. Over 100 million are handguns. In 2013 there where over 30,000 gun deaths, just 1.3% of all deaths. While this is over ten times less than the leading cause of death, heart disease, is that a rationalization for guns? Over 60% of gun deaths are suicides, the tenth leading cause of death. And if even a single child dies because of a preventable accidental discharge, it’s a tragedy, and there are near 300 every year. Finally 60% of homicides were committed with a gun. If all that isn’t enough to convince us of the cost of guns in human lives, gun violence costs the US over half a billion dollars every year.

Is all this death and violence necessary because 200 years ago the British King sent his army to take our guns since we wouldn’t pay our taxes? I don’t think so. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. We will not need to overthrow our government. Even if Donald Trump became president, we would impeach him, not form a common militia, that’s ludicrous.

So what is this really about? Is it really that hard to distinguish between a hunting rifle and a semi-automatic military-style assault rifle? No! No one hunts with an AR15 or a handgun. But are we really too stubborn to adapt? Maybe.

Many argue guns are needed for personal defense. But stats we’ve all seen demonstrate countries like the UK and Japan with strict gun control have nearly zero gun related deaths. So there is no reason. All the evidence points toward repealing the second amendment. Let’s do it now!