It’s no revelation that the United States is a nation of guns. Liberal as I am, I like guns. I’ve shot guns, and I’ve owned a gun. However, there is a definite line between what I believe, and what most conservative gun nuts believe.
First of all, there is absolutely no reason in the world that the unregulated public should be allowed to own more than a hand gun or hunting rifle. The AR-15 for example, the mass shooters weapon of choice, can be bought for as little as $600 at any gun show, or even at Walmart. It’s light weight, and can fire up to 8 rounds per second. It was used in the Orlando, Sandy Hook, San Bernadino, and Aurora shootings. It was designed in the 1950’s, and has been a military weapon of choice ever since. It’s sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible, in as short of time as possible. No one who is not in the armed forces or a police force has any business owning such a weapon. The scary thing is, it is estimated that there are millions of such weapons in the hands of private owners in the U.S. To paraphrase one of my regular blog commenters, it puts America at the mercy of any crazed, one man militia. That’s a sobering thought, and it makes me not want to leave the house-ever.
Second, mandatory background checks and weapons training is not a bad thing. We have to go through training and testing to drive a car. For CDL-A truck drivers, testing and training is even more rigorous. Hell, we have to go through background checks and drug testing just to get a job. Why are there no uniform laws when it comes to buying a gun? In the case of Omar Mateen, a man who was on the FBI radar not once, but twice, he easily bought an assault rifle shortly before his attack on the Pulse Night Club. This is due to the fact that Florida has some of the most lax gun laws in the country. Don’t let the gun nuts fool you: They claim that less guns equal more crime. However, when you combine the 2013 FBI crime statistics, the last full year of statistics available, with gun laws by state, the opposite is true. The homicide rate in states with tighter gun laws is 4.32 per 100,00 people, while the homicide rate in states with looser gun laws is 5.74 per 100,00, based on those 2013 statistics.
Third, is open carry and concealed carry. This isn’t the wild west folks. Unless you’re law enforcement, there is absolutely no reason to be walking around with a side arm strapped to your hip, or under your jacket. I live in Kentucky, an open carry state, and I never felt safe when someone with a side arm walked into the kwickie mart that I worked at. Open carry and concealed carry doesn’t prevent trouble in my opinion, it invites it. Omar Mateen had a license for concealed carry: Does that make you feel safe?
Fourth, the 2nd Amendment is vaguely worded, and was written at a time when all there were only single shot, front loading weapons. Our founding fathers wrote this amendment thinking that it was good for every able bodied man to have a musket ready to form a state militia at a moment’s notice. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be happy, if they knew that most people think the 2nd Amendment give us the right to carry military grade weapons with little to no regulation. On two separate occasions, once in the 1930’s, and again during the Bush II presidency, a conservative Supreme Court stated that the 2nd Amendment didn’t provide for what kind of weapons, nor the processes of buying such weapons. They in fact ruled that state and federal government had the authority to decide on what we could own, and the manner in which we could own.
In my opinion, guns like most things in life, are ok in moderation. There is nothing wrong with owning a hand gun, or a deer rifle. However, guns in the wrong hands are obviously deadly, particularly military grade guns. There needs to be uniform, tightly restrictive laws in place concerning what we can own, and how we own them. As heinous as these mass shootings are, there are still by far more hand gun deaths per year in this country. This is mainly because there is easy access for any whack job, or owners simply aren’t responsible with them. There need to be background checks, there need to be mandatory training programs. Hell, I’m all for psychological exams before buying a gun. In addition, no more open/concealed carry for an unregulated populace.
However, gun violence in this country has gotten out of hand a long time ago, and we can’t continue to wring our hands and offer prayers for the dead and injured. We just can’t. If all else fails, then I say fuck it and strike the 2nd amendment from the Constitution, NRA be damned. I would rather be a country of no guns, than a country full of mass murdering yahoos with axes to grind, even if i do like to pop off a round or six every now and then.
One more thing. I found this interesting: A list of Senators who voted against the last round of gun legislation. I’m betting the NRA expressed their gratitude in the form of good sized donations to each and every one of them. Maybe instead of offering prayers for the dead, they could offer votes for the living. I’m just saying.
Considering the fact that Louisiana has probably the most pro-gun laws in the country, it’s no wonder that the state leads the country in gun related deaths. How could Bobby Jindal not see this coming? Currently, there isn’t much information on the shooter, John Houser, other than he was 59 years old, was estranged from his family,was a member of the Tea Party, and had a very old criminal history. Oh, he was also denied a gun permit in Alabama back in 2006. Wait, what? He was denied a gun permit in Alabama of all places, but still managed to get a gun in Louisiana? The fact that a person can be denied a gun permit in one state, and simply cross the border to another state to buy a gun is why we need stringent, federal gun laws. If we had them in place already, there might not be a shot up theater in Lafayette, Louisiana this morning. Or dead marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, or dead church goers in Charleston, South Carolina, or dead – Oh hell, you get my point. Lather. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. It’s a never ending cycle of gun violence. While we can continue to try and analyze the who and the why, we could at least come to our senses and address the how.
No, I’m not saying abolish the 2nd Amendment. I’m not saying ban all guns. I’ve owned guns, and I’ve shot guns. I enjoyed it, I’ll admit that. Of course, here’s the rub on my personal experience with guns. I suffer from Bi-Polar disorder. I have been documented with suicidal and psychotic tendencies. Here in Kentucky, I was able to acquire a gun with no background or medical check what so ever. That’s right, a man with some severe mental disorders was able to get a gun with little to no effort. Sound familiar? The whole concept of being able to walk in and buy any gun your heart desires without so much as a background check sounds crazy, even to a person who has literally been diagnosed as crazy. Face it, our priorities are fucked up, and that’s why this shit keeps happening. We need to address our gun problem head on, and we need to do it now.
Or we can behave like Governor Bobby Jindal: Keep pretending that all Americans have the undeniable right to any and all firearms, then continue to wonder why countless, innocent lives are lost because they committed the crime of being at the wrong end of a gun barrel. We still have prayer though! That’s the stock answer to every tragedy, right?
Update: More information is coming in about John Houser. Surprise surprise! He’s another gun toting, Obama hating, white supremacist.
There’s more to ending gun violence than repeating “they deserve a vote” over and over again. The measures on this graphic must be taken. It’s that simple. Nobody’s 2nd Amendment rights are in danger here. The government is well within it’s constitutional realm to determine what types of weapons and ammo we own and use. Furthermore, the government is not stepping on our rights by dictating the terms of how we come to own guns and ammo.
Don’t take my word for it though: ask Tea Party favorite Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment as much as the next person, unless that next person happens to be Ted Nugent or Wayne Lapierre. I own a weapon for home protection, and I know how to use it. However, I don’t see the need to own a weapon that the police don’t even have access to. It’s ridiculous to own such a weapon, and I’m a firm believer that the government should ban the hell out of these types of guns, along with their insidious buddy, the hollow point bullet.
There is probably very little chance that these regulations are going to be passed. I would encourage you though, to contact your congressman or senator, and give them your opinion. If we put enough pressure on them, then maybe, just maybe we can make this happen.
- Justice Scalia on the Second Amendment (philebersole.wordpress.com)
Still think that Wal-mart AR-15 is needed to fight off tyranny? Just to be clear, there is no fucking way that an army of pseudo Rambos is ever going to fight off the most well trained, well armed military the world has ever seen. Seriously, just do us all a favor, and stop frothing about your 2nd Amendment rights. We do have the right to bear arms, but state and federal government has the authority to dictate what we can own, and what we have to do to obtain them. Ask Justice Scalia: He’s the one who made that statement back in 2008.
Besides, if y’all want to keep up the bravado of over throwing the government, you’re liable to find yourself on the business end of a Flying killer robot. Believe me folks, a lack of AR-15’s and 30 round magazines are the least of our worries.
A tip of the tin foil hat to People Against Gun Violence for sharing.
- Baghdad Battery (notestoponder.wordpress.com)
Those damn tyrannical, liberty stealing deer acting as Obama’s minions! We simply must organize our militias, and crush these horned seditionists with our Walmart semi automatic weapons!
How anyone can think a poorly trained, garage formed militia of Second Amendment spouting pseudo Rambos, armed with their Walmart AR-15 assault weapons, is any match for the most powerful armed forces in the world is beyond my comprehension.
The concept of fighting off a tyrannical government is the myth put forward by the NRA. The NRA is nothing more than a shill for gun and ammo makers. They have done nothing more than profit from public paranoia, a paranoia, that they helped to spread and sustain.
- Are You Crazy People EVER Going to Listen? (afeatheradrift.wordpress.com)