I have lived one enough to have watched and on cases experienced errors made by local, state and US governments. Logical if you think about it, since humans are imperfect and humans are in the government. Am I always looking over my shoulder or expecting the US government to go rogue at any second NO. But I do stay in informed, vote and learn as much as possible about any candidate. Because this is required of me as a citizen.
The FF's gave us the 10 amendments beginning with the right of free speech and the ability to define that right with the freedom of arms. No they didn't know about our current weapons, however they also didn't know about communication streams such as the Internet. They did not limit free speech to face2face and written, all that was available then. Otherwise telephone, movie, TV, and Internet could be blocked. They wrote the amendments in such a way as to identify the important thing, free speech, right to own arms, right to a speedy trial, right of search and seizure and so on. They knew the world would change with new technologies but basic rights that many other countries had restricted would be unrestricted here.
Finally I find this debate over guns to be diverting us from the true issue. 26 people are dead because one individual chose to kill. 20 families will do as my family has done for over 40 years which is to remember a dead child, cancer for us. 26 families will never enjoy the holidays in the same way. 26 families will be faced with pain, guilt, possible divorce and sadly some with early death.
This was not caused by a gun, it was caused by an individual who woke up with a purpose which was to kill.
As to more gun control, there are plenty of laws on the books both state and national. In most cases the existing laws need to be enforced.
I am for requiring legal gun owners to take refresher safety classes, spend time at the range to be comfortable with your weapon and for gun owners to maintain guns safely at home. His mother did not and paid for it with her life.
I still cannot comprehend how anyone could do that to munchkins.
The example I laid out was of someone storing food and water for their family in the event of a natural disaster, as a way to illustrate how firearms could be necessary to protect their life-saving stockpile of food and water. Nowhere did I mention stockpiling weapons.
The examples of government misdeeds are provided as food for thought and evidence of how power can and does corrupt, thus supporting the founding fathers' motives for writing the 2nd Amendment.
But you do not want to bother reading or thinking about what I wrote. You simply want to cast stones, however ill-conceived they are.
Nor could they imagine women voting... and even the benefits of having women vote once we got to where were are now with women slightly outnumbering men in undergrad and graduate-level degree programs.
That the US is great, unforeseen tragedies notwithstanding, does not mean that the Founding Fathers were clairvoyant.
I find it sad that people who plan ahead for emergencies are mocked and vilified these days. That used to be just plain common sense.
The Second Amendment does have restrictions.
You need to understand the context of the 2nd amendment. Militias refer to citizens self organizing, using their own firearms if economically feasible for that person, to meet a threat. You bring your own gun to the conflict. The 2nd amendment does indeed protect individual gun ownership.
"I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow
I just read this piece--a really interesting rumination on the true meanings of "freedom" and what an "armed society" would really look like.
I know there are a number of you on here who will refuse to read it because it's published in the NYTimes. To you, I saw, shame that you're too closed-minded to challenge your own assumptions.
For everyone else--I thought it was interesting "food for thought", so to speak.
Very interesting piece. The comments are worth a read as well. Thanks for posting, Natalie!
I think there are two things that might help. First. You want a well armed militia....fine, MANDATORY public service for all as Switzerland does.
Second, make the manufacture and sale of ammunition very tightly controlled regulated and taxed. Ammo to be available not at Bass ProShop or over the internet, you have to pick it up at your local police office who will ask to see photo ID and permit and will keep national computerized records.
Everyone was treated with respect, they were living in their own he** of no power no water, most buildings damaged in part or completely, no idea of when grocery stores would be restocked, etc. Until you have seen or experienced that sort of devastation you don't understand just how desperate people can become.
A friend sent me a couple links over the weekend. One was to a 1 1/2 hour video which I did not watch. Another was to a much shorter Youtube, which I did. The topic for both was psychotropic drugs - and what their REAL known results are. Which of course are not acknowledged by pharmaceuticals nor the doctors who prescribe them at the drop of a hat.
Think about it. Ever wonder why we didn't have kids shooting up schools back in the 50s, 60s? LOTS more families with guns handy - lots more kids who grew up knowing how to handle a gun. There have been any number of societal changes, but one overriding one is the number of drugs prescribed to children and young adults with 'problems'.
NO ONE - unless active combat military - needs assault weapons. Nor does anyone need extended clips. As soon as Congress manages to get its head out of its nether-regions and resolves the 'fiscal cliff', it needs to 'grow some...' and pass some LIMITS to gun ownership. And states need to make use of existing databases and do everything in their power to ensure that those who receive permits are indeed stable and crime-free.