The Second amendment was written in recognition of human behavior, in all its forms, both good and bad. It’s not there to preserve hunting rights, sporting events, or permission to collect interesting mechanisms. It was written as a right of every free person to defend themselves or their property, and as a means under extreme circumstances to guard against tyranny and anarchy.
Those who use a firearm in a criminal enterprise, do so to get gain. They may when confronted with deadly force, recognize the error of their ways and stop. Those who are driven by murderous compulsion, often don’t stop until deadly force is used. You need to be in possession and capable with a firearm, or near someone with one, who can save you.
For those without a means to defend themselves a greater form of tyranny emerges, and there’s no simple way to restore prior rights. The European Jews realized this too late in Nazi Germany. After World War II, they swore to never again willingly give up their freedoms to an oppressive government.
K-12 and University Shootings Deaths: The number of deaths has been declining over time
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It’s not quite what some may think in the UK
Everyone who advocates gun bans, likes to use the UK as an example. Let’s look at their homicide rates before and after the ban. Compare that with the number of police they put on the streets.
Just as important as it is to be able to speak freely, gather together in common purpose, prevent unjustifiable search, capricious arrest & property seizure, worship how we may choose; self-protection is absolutely fundamental to a free society. Without it, the other civil liberties can’t be guaranteed.
Murder in the USA is primarily concentrated in larger populated areas of 250,00 or more. 54% of US counties have zero murders. 51% of all murders occur in 2% of US counties. * 2014 statistics.
What we don’t seem to recognize or are unwilling to deal with on a rational basis are the issues of hatred, mental dysfunction, and violence.
Instead of figuring out why less than 1% of the population turn to using firearms as instruments to carry out their violence, we want the ~ 99% of people who own and use firearms safely, to support vilifying the mechanisms and not the people.
Repeatedly throughout my lifetime I’ve witnessed good people taking it on the chin for the insanity and depravity of others.
Frankly, I’m a little tired of it. I’m tired of hearing about how teachers aren’t helping little Johnny or Suzy become model citizens, while their parents or parent are a mess and couldn’t safely raise a Gerbil, let alone a child.
We cheered when a mother saw her son acting out in a public disturbance, grabbed him away from the crowd and swatted him. We see that’s usually not the case. The home has to be the place where it starts to come together. Society isn’t responsible for all the ills.
Yes we need police, but they can’t be everywhere to guard everyone. If they were that prevalent, we would be hearing even more complaints about living in a police state.
You can choose not to own a firearm, that’s your right. I don’t want to force you to own one. Neither should you tell me I shouldn’t own any or it has to meet your specific criteria on limited effectiveness. Frankly, I want the most effective firearm available should the need arise.
Stop making inanimate objects responsible for the carnage. Start to recognize those people who do, and demand more effective ways to keep them from coming into possession of any.
Quit letting your fears and emotions drive your life or insisting that others bend to your will. Obviously the anti-gun owners believe in firearms because they want the full weight of government to take them away from the >99%, even at gun point if necessary.
Think what that implies for your future as well as mine, because a government that can disarm a population wont stop there. It won’t be immediate, but further subjugation will happen, maybe not completely in your lifetime.
I’ve lived through a time when I was vilified by others for serving in the military. I’ve been accused of imaginary crimes for being born a man, and for serving in the Marines during Vietnam. All of that criticism was nonsense, but for those who insisted their perceptions were correct, they fully believed in their delusions.
I didn’t support their ridiculous ideas then, and I certainly don’t support the irrational insistence of anti-gun people now.
Societies protect themselves, and so should any free person. If we cast our fate to the whims of criminals, and fortunate timing of a benevolent government appointed employee, we stand as victims in waiting, without assurance or a legal right to self protection.