I struggle with trying to understand. People will say it is not the guns fault. People will say he was mentally ill. And people will say criminals will still be able to kill no matter what kinds of laws are enacted. And people will stand up and scream about the Second Amendment.
Just let me say this about the second amendment.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "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."
I'm not even sure I understand this amendment. I wonder if there really is a true understanding. The Constitution was written in 1791!! Let that sink in for a moment. The founding fathers could not have had any idea of the kinds of weapons that would have been developed by 2017. More than 200 years ago. They could not have envisioned automatic weapons or ways to rebuild a 'normal' weapon into an automatic weapon. I'm sure they had some foresight. But that kind of foresight just could not have been imagined. At that time the guns which were covered by this amendment could be loaded with ONE SHOT at a time.
I don't think it will come as a surprise to anyone that I am not in favor of guns of any kind. I don't care if others want to own simple weapons. Those weapons that are used for hunting or sporting. I am NOT in favor of guns for protection except in the hands of law enforcement and the military. But that is my personal opinion and I know it will never come to be.
So many people who live here in America are scared. Scared of the 'what ifs' in this world. I know that I could NEVER pull a trigger to kill anyone. Even if that someone was coming inside my door to do physical harm to me or my loved ones. That is just not how I am made. I value life. I don't feel the need to have a loaded pistol on my side to make me feel safe. I do NOT feel scared. I'm okay.
The second amendment talks about a well regulated militia. What does that even mean?? The definition:
a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.
- a military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities, typically in opposition to a regular army.
- all able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service.
According to this definition it is people who are engaging in rebel or terrorist type activities. And from my understanding, against our own government. Do we need that? Are we afraid of our government? I don't like our present administration (which most of you know) but I don't fear them.(Well there are some fears, but it doesn't have to do with guns). I don't think the government is interested in bringing harm to me or my family.
I am in favor of gun control. A better gun control from what we currently have. It isn't working! Obviously! Why aren't guns registered? Why are gun owners against registering them? Why aren't guns tracked so that 'someone' knows when an American citizen is stockpiling a bunch of lethal weapons, like the madman in Las Vegas? We have to register our cars. We register a boat if we own one. We have to get licenses to operate a motor vehicle and we have to renew that license every few years. Is there anything like this (federally) for guns?
Guns are easy to obtain. You can buy them on the INTERNET. And you can buy lots and lots and lots of ammunition on the INTERNET. Is that okay? Should someone be alerted when someone is stockpiling? What about background checks? Nurses have to have a background check to practice in most hospitals or nursing homes in this day and age. Is there a federal background check for someone to purchase a gun? No! In fact, federal law prohibits the use of the national background check to create a system to track gun ownership. Why??
You cannot purchase a large supply of narcotics without red flags going up. But you can buy a large amount of ammunition for semi automatic weapons and nobody notices. Why??
When our country talks about gun control it seems to be divided among political lines. The more liberal believe legal restrictions on gun ownership could save lives. The conservatives say it won't matter. They say criminals will find a way to get guns. But what about someone who isn't a criminal (like the guy in Vegas) but has begun to descend into mental illness. What about those guys??
American lawmakers do not seem interested in changing any laws when it comes to gun control. They didn't get interested when Sandyhook came about and so many kids were killed. They weren't interested when some of their own (Gabby Gifford or Steve Scalise) were shot and injured. The lawmakers believe it is a crucial check on government tyranny. How many years has it been since we saw tyranny in this country?? Is the second amendment outdated? Does it need to be repealed? I am baffled.
I know that other countries have gun control. I have read about them. I also know that there are many, many, many fewer deaths in other countries due to firearms than there are in the United States. I'm not sure why we have so many people who are against gun control. I truly do not know.
Those same people who feel it is their right to carry a gun, to protect themselves against the criminals who carry guns, do not seem to understand that their gun would not have helped in Las Vegas. That gunman was 32 stories above the ground, shooting down. No one in the crowd, carrying their pistol, could have stopped him. But if they had started shooting at him I wonder how many more people would have been killed in the crossfire. So many of those who carry guns think they can protect themselves, and others, from these kinds of deaths. But this showed us you really can't. It's crazy.
Are there rational answers to my questions? Are we a country of scared citizens? Will there ever be any kind of gun control? Why are people so afraid to initiate the talk? Did you know that only 42% of American homes have a gun in the home? That is not even half the population. Yet, the country is afraid to talk about gun control. I don't understand! I really, really don't!
What are your thoughts?
The NRA owns this country. Nothing will change.ReplyDelete
Sadly, I'm afraid that is true!Delete
I am just so heartbroken by the way we are treating each other as a whole. It feels like humility is lost.ReplyDelete
Sadly, I agree Felicia!Delete
I sure don't have any answers, Paula ... but yours is certainly an interesting, thoughtfully-presented post.ReplyDelete
Quoting one of my favorite columnists, "Lord, help us to be good to one another."
Do you think it would help if we could just start hating each other so much?? I'm at a total loss Myra. And it makes me so sad!Delete
That's supposed to say STOP hating each other so much. We already do enough with the hating!!Delete
Maybe the ban should be not on what people can own but what manufacturers are allowed to make and distribute to the general population. If it is not available for the public's use, then it can't be used to inflict tragedies such that we have seen. Ban them and they will be gotten illegally somehow. Think of prohibition; people still were finding ways to have alcohol. Not sounding preachy, but we've gone away from God; we've kicked him out of our schools, etc. Being the gentleman he is, he has left where he was not wanted. The enemy found a way in and sadly uses whatever means he can to destroy what God tended to be good; however, in the end there will be beauty made from the ashes of all these tragedies, not just shootings, but loss of lives in hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. Maybe we should petition less and pray more. Really get down on our knees and ask God to intervene where he wants to intervene for his will. Better stop now, I'm sounding preachy.ReplyDelete
I love this idea, Betty! I don't think a ban on manufacture in the US would stop the availability, but could at least curb it a little. But I wholeheartedly believe that the only solution is in the heart, and the only one to heal human hearts is the one true Lord.Delete
It's simply crazy! I doubt they will do a ban on manufactures. Our government is scared of the NRA and likes their money too much. I think it is going to be up to the GOOD people of the USA to speak out and demand change. But yes, praying more can certainly do a lot in the way of helping!Delete
My thoughts are long and complicated, which get convoluted when I try to put them into words. I just want to address one comment from your post.ReplyDelete
I agree I do not fear our government. Currently. What happens when that changes?
I live in China now, where guns are 100% illegal, but so is saying anything against anyone or any aspect of the government. And a violent man with a good knife took out a crowd of people in another city.
I propose no solution against violence. Jesus tried urging people to love one another even when it's difficult, and was strung up on a tree. It's hard not to feel like the entire human race is a lost cause.
You brought up a good question. I don't have the answer! Thank you for your input!Delete
I live in an area where you must register your dogs. They go door to door looking for unregistered dogs and ticket you if you do not purchase a license within a week or so. A visitor to a neighbor's house got into a shouting match with the authorities because he had his dog with him from another county. Authorities could care less about whether or not he had a stockpile of guns.ReplyDelete
Yep dogs have to be registered here too! Can't believe they can't (or won't) register dogs! SadDelete
I think it is mostly about having freedoms taken away. And little by little in small ways that they are. I would never want to own a gun my self, but I do enjoy the freedom to choose.ReplyDelete
I don't think we should have the freedom to have everything we want. We need controls. Just like with kids! I won't ever own a gun either, Ma!Delete
I'm with you on all of this Paula! I too will never own a gun. I'm the only one of my family and relatives - not to have a gun for protection and/or hunting... but I'm fine with that....ReplyDelete
Linda in VA
Same here Linda! I come from a family who all owns guns too!Delete
I believe our current gun laws need to be revamped. I don't have a problem with guns...simple guns. Machine guns, and those stock guns - those types should be banned. If the people want their guns, then make them use single shot guns, nothing automatic. If they can't hunt deer using a regular old single shotgun, they have no business hunting.Same with home protection. One single shot!ReplyDelete
They can keep their gun rights - just ban automatic weapons and multishot type guns and the ammo.
I agree with you Debby. All guns owned by 'common' people should be a single shot (meaning one bullet) gun! But I doubt we will ever see that! NRA is just too powerful in this country!Delete
Did you see this on Twitter? Someone was taking every legislator's tweet of "thoughts and prayers" and adding on how much money that legislator had gotten from the NRA. I think that's the answer to the question of why no one does anything about the guns.ReplyDelete
And I noticed that there's starting to be a push to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Someone even wrote a 28th Amendment which is that repeal (much like the repeal of prohibition). Something we can add to the list of protests.
No I didn't see that Liz. But I think that is where we need to start. We need to hit these guys in the pocketbook. They are bought and paid for by the NRA. I like the idea of repealing the 2nd amendment!Delete
I own a number of weapons. Some are registered and some were bought years ago before there was a registry. I have a permit to carry and will not hesitate to use my weapon to protect myself. We live about 20 to 30 minutes from any help from a Deputy. In our area drug and drug crazed people are a concern.ReplyDelete
I bet there are many gun collectors who have just as many weapons as the Las Vegas Shooter had...here in Minnesota I can purchase a gun at a garage sale...go figure how they would register all the guns. As for ammunition...many people are reloaders and make their own ammo because it is cheaper.
I see no end in sight for these mass shootings...someone will always be out here who wants to kill big groups of people. Sad...:(
Everyone is entitled until the amendment can be repealed! Or gun laws change. It makes me sad that any idiot can purchase a gun at a garage sale. Something is seriously wrong with our country. And just because gun collectors own that many guns doesn't make it right in my mind. Something is wrong!!Delete
We definitely need to do something. There is no need for anyone other than police or military to have a fully automatic weapon or the ability to alter a weapon to fire fully automatic. We definitely need more training and screening for those who do buy weapons.ReplyDelete
That being said, you know that we, Frank and I, are pro gun ownership. The first thing any dictator has done, throughout history, is to take away peoples power to protect themselves against evil governmental leaders. I think now, more than ever before, in this country we need to be in a position to protect ourselves from mentally ill people who have somehow managed to come into power.
My heart bleeds for those in Las Vegas but not as much as it bleeds for those who lived through the terror of Hitler and his horrendous terrible crimes. Had the residents of Germany, Poland and France been able to rise up and defend themselves think of the atrocities that could have been prevented.
Yes, I know that you and Frank are pro guns. Most of my family is too! It won't change how I feel about any of you. But it won't change my thoughts on how I feel. The past 20 years have been ridiculous with the availability of guns to those who are killing our kids and shooting up places where people gather to socialize. Something is not right! I don't know what it is but it's not right! I don't think the people of Germany, Poland, or France would have been any better off if they had each had a gun. They were outnumbered by a madman.! That's my opinion. I am more scared of everyone owing a gun. When you are in the grocery store is it the badman who is trying to rob the store you should be scared of or the cowboy who is wanting to be a hero who is packing a gun on his hip. I just don't know anymore. I think our present government is mentally unstable but even if I had a gun I wouldn't shoot him. Thank you Wendy!Delete