Ignorance… I have read letters, posts and blogs suggesting that those who want gun control, or changes in gun laws are ignorant. It has been suggested that you can not blame anything on an inanimate object. It is a simplistic statement that anyone THINKS that is what is happening here. The ignorance is that we are interpreting our second amendment to mean that all guns, all ammo, under any circumstance should be available to almost all in the general public all the time. YOU do not understand the intent of the second amendment or the climate of our country over 200 years ago.
If you are religious and believe in the bible do you wave a chicken over your head when entering a room? Do you refuse to shake the hands of a woman for fear she is menstruating? If you are divorced or remarried, you too, are breaking the rules of the bible. Why are these rules (the ultimate piece of writing in a believer’s mind) no longer valid? Because they are not relevant to life in modern times. Even Jesus said that many of the rules from the Old Testament were obsolete… HE understood that the world changes.
At the time our constitution was written our country was small and had just battled England for our freedom. We had battled with muskets, bayonets, swords and cannons. Our country was an infant and the ideals reflected in our constitution were meant to protect our independence and the freedom we had just won. This was not written for a modern society with technology that allows someone to gun down hundreds of innocent people in the matter of minutes when their loneliness and anger overtake their ability to respect the value of a life. The second amendment does not refer to the right to every type of gun, without restriction. With the correct interpretation the government could still control the number and types of guns available to it’s citizens. In fact, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices.
By saying that protesting the lack of our government to get killing machines off the streets of our country and work towards sensible gun control is ignorant, you are showing that you have not been thinking about what our constitution really says, you are jumping on the gun rights bandwagon and dismissing the reality of beginning to solve this tragic epidemic in our country.
Do you live by the same standards and rules from when you were five years old? You have grown up and life changes. Our country has grown and so have many of our rules. The second amendment does not mean that the government has to allow every and all firearm to be available and that assertion is indefensible. We are a different society with different problems. We need to allow our laws to adapt to those changes.
Limiting guns will not fix the problem, but if it will help why would we not, as a civilized country, make it so?
The gun lobby is strong, reasonable people can be stronger.
Ignorance is when you speak and act without thinking, reading, or researching your position. That is what a child does. Time to grow up, America, and make the changes we need to keep our people, our children, safe. #enoughisenough