Gun Control: Why We Must Have It
I know the second ammendment of the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms for the purpose of maintaining a well-regulated militia. Have you drilled with your local militia lately? No, neither have I.
And from what I can tell, there sure-as-shootin’, ain’t been well-regulated militia since the 1800s. Today, a bunch of armed thugs and nut-jobs threaten me and my family, one of whom recently decided to take the law into his own hands and killed people because he did not like the fact that he could not park his construction vehicles on a public right of way in his neighborhood. Solution? Kill the mayor and his staff, and he gave it a good try.
I do not believe that the second amendment gives anyone the right to go out and buy any firearm they want, whenever they want it, for whatever reason they want it: period. The amendment clearly was intended to provide for a well-regulated militia. Last I checked, we have more than enough weapons to destroy this planet ten times over. And I say all this as a person who did at one time belong to the National Rifle Association, who qualified on several weapons as a teenager, and won certificates and medals, who loves firearms, and has had many pleasurable hours shooting them: pistols, shotguns, rifles, you name it. Note well: I’m in favor of concealed carry laws. I have no problem with gun ownership. I would kill anyone who tried to enter my home to attack my family, with an absolutely clear and clean conscience.
Having said that, I see no reason why it should be more difficult to receive, and continue to hold, a driver’s license, than it is to purchase and own a firearm. The killing in Northern Illinois underscores the fact that something is definitely broken in this nation when it comes to guns. The facts are clear: the USA has more gun related crime, killing and other horrible social problems than any other industrialized nation on earth: period.
Read this chilling statement from the story on the recent killings and tell me why it is that a person should be allowed to stroll into a store and simply buy firearms.
Police said they learned that a week ago, on Feb. 8, Kazmierczak walked
into a Champaign, gun store and picked up two guns — the Remington
shotgun and a Glock 9mm handgun. He bought the other two handguns at
the same shop — a High Point .380 on Dec. 30 and a Sig Sauer on Aug. 6.
Why should we not require people purchasing firearms to produce
evidence that they are not being treated for a psychological disorder?
Why should we not have extensive background checks and a waiting
period? Why should we not require people buying firearms to take, and
to pass, an extensive, and intensive, series of classes on gun
ownership, gun safety and the like? Why should people who own guns not be required to register their ownership, just like I register my car? Why should I not be required to pass tests to continue to maintain my gun license, just like I do my car license? It makes no sense to me.
OK, go ahead, fire away at me, so to speak, and tell me how I’m a deluded liberal who doesn’t realize that guns kill, people do, that the right to bear arms is in the Bible and that the the only reason we will ever be a free nation is if every one has the right to go out and buy his own arsenal. Go ahead, I’ve heard it all. I’ve read it all. But I believe it is warmed over baloney. And the consequences are tragic.