Gun Control: The Second Amendment Is Not a Hunting Amendment

 

As thousands spent Saturday marching in favor of gun control, the attention shifted from controlling guns to repealing the second amendment. According to Fox News, James Agenbroad, 78, of Garrett Park, Md., carried a handwritten sign on cardboard that read “Repeal the 2nd Amendment.” He was also cited as saying, “You can repeal it,” he said. “We repealed prohibition.”

That’s an interesting thought, repeal the right that allows the American people to protect all of their other rights. This sentiment has been echoed a great deal lately in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut. But is it really an answer to the problem? Perhaps it seems logical that if the government restricts or bans guns then the problem will be solved. Unfortunately this has been proven untrue as recently as last year. Chicago, President Obama’s adopted hometown, has the strictest gun control in the entire nation. Chicago also had 500 homicides last year, according to theChicago Tribune. The problem is that guns aren’t the problem; it’s the people who use them that cause the problems. More importantly, the guns that are being focused on for control and bans nationwide aren’t the guns that are most often used. There is no logic in banning assault rifles when most of the crimes are committed with handguns. It’s not much of a leap to conclude that after the weapons rarely used to commit crimes are banned and the ban doesn’t work that the government will then want the guns that are being used to commit the crimes. At that point, a full-scale ban of guns could easily take place; at least among those who obey the law. Right now the central focus in on assault rifles and large clip magazines. Those in favor of banning or controlling guns ask why anyone would need such a large clip for hunting. Molly Smith, the organizer of the march on Saturday summed it up very well when she said in the Fox news article: “The issue is guns. The Second Amendment gives us the right to own guns, but it’s not the right to own any gun,” she said. “These are assault weapons, made for killing people.” She is exactly correct and that is what the founding fathers intended. “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington

The second amendment is not a hunting amendment, it’s an amendment to protect against tyranny. To that end, the American people were to have the same type of weaponry as would-be tyrants. In this particular case, it was the military weapons of the British soldiers. This was the means to not only fight for freedom but to maintain it. At the time of the founding of the nation there was no military and every able-bodied man between the ages of 17 and 45 was considered to be a member of the militia. This has led many to claim that the second amendment was rendered obsolete by the creation of the army. It wasn’t and that is clear based on the reason set forth behind the creation of the amendment. It was to make absolutely certain that future generations never had to fear tyranny. “I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians.” – George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights)

It should be noted that the first attempt at any limitation on guns was in 1934. The vast majority of attempts at limiting guns have taken place within the last 50 years, according to InfoPlease. The fear of tyranny makes many people laugh. Clearly tyranny can’t happen today and certainly not in the United States. With apologies to the derision with which Piers Morgan has sneered at guests on his show recently, that is simply not true. The excuse can be made that the government of the US did not turn against it’s people with respect to slavery and Native Americans; after all, they were not considered citizens or, in many cases, people. However it’s a little harder to dismiss more recent events such as the Japanese Internment Camps of World War II and the Kent State Massacre just a few decades ago. It’s even more difficult to claim that it can’t happen today when, according to an article in the Huffington Post, a 16-year-old American teenager was killed in a drone attack. These drone attacks are personally authorized by the President, something he made great emphasis on during his recent presidential campaign. To recap: a 16-year-old American boy was killed in an attack ordered by his president without benefit of due process. Could the drone attack have been an accident or mistake? It certainly could have but that doesn’t mitigate culpability. It also doesn’t show that the president is on the road to being a tyrant. It does add to a long history of the government turning on its people. The marchers Saturday walked with a great deal of emotion and their feelings are certainly valid. Unfortunately emotions make for bad policy. To repeal the second amendment or even institute more limitations on gun ownership shows emotion winning out over reason; modern sensibilities trumping historical fact. “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt

by Alexandra Romanov

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One thought on “Gun Control: The Second Amendment Is Not a Hunting Amendment

  1. The NRA are faggots, maggots and assholes. They are pleased to kill kids, rape the Constitution and lie about what they do. Then they hide like little bitches and pussies. Every single NRA member and supporter is a piece of shit. Every single American gunowner is a piece of shit who doesn’t know how to read the Constitution. Poor illiterate ignorant, redneck bastards.
    Gun Toting Pieces of shit. They should seriously consider seeking professional mental health before their fears and hatreds kill you!!!

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