You may know the second amendment by heart, but do you know the third amendment? It’s an outdated relic of a bygone era. It could be argued that the second amendment could also be considered just as out dated. Particularly when the gun laws of other countries are compared to our own. The United States has some of – if not – the most lax unregulated gun laws of any country. Take a look at this overview of gun laws by nation if you need evidence. Even Canada, another very gun-centric country requires gun owners to register them with the state, just like being required to register a car with the state. Seems like common sense to me, but NO, shouts the NRA. When mass public shootings happen we hear the NRA use the tragedies to lobby politicians and the media to bring firearms into public schools. Apparently according to the NRA schools and guns do mix.
I would also like to make it clear that I do believe that a United States where only the military and police forces can posses firearms would be dangerous to civil liberties and could open the door to authoritarianism. Americans should have the freedom to poses a gun. But if we need to be licensed and registered to own and operate an automobile, we should need to be licensed and registered to own and operate a gun. After all every time you get behind the wheel of a car you have your life and the lives of others in your hands. The same is true with a gun.
The second amendment itself says: “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.” The phrase “well regulated” is right there in the original amendment and yet we have one of – if not the – most unregulated gun cultures in the world. There has yet to be any definitive decision by the courts regarding the “well regulated” reasoning for having a more well regulated gun system. The United States is the largest producer and seller of arms in the world. Many of them end up in the hands of people who are very dangerous and who we don’t intend for them to have.
New York Times writer Joe Nocera has a blog called the Gun Report where he ends every entry with a culling of all the gun related deaths in America that day. It really illustrates how common place gun violence is in our country. I notice that in a country where racism has been subconsciously institutionalized, when poor kids of color are shot dead en masse it is not noticed. However when more wealthy, usually white kids are shot dead en masse it makes national headlines. Blacks are expected to die in violent gun deaths, but not whites. Check out the Gun Report to see what I am talking about.
Now we see a second recent mass shooting at Fort Hood by military personal. We see mass shootings in schools. We see mass shootings at shopping malls and movie theaters. I do not see these kinds of mass murders of innocent people happening on a regular basis in any other developed country. It’s crazy! So to the hard core gun nuts who want students carrying on campus, teachers carrying in class, and a shootout at every armed robbery I say this: America has decided we want guns everywhere. So it is now the job of a responsible parent to teach their children what to do when a stranger starts shooting at them. Cause children need to know that they are not safe from guns, and guns are all we have to solve our problems.