It’s all your Fault

Posted on January 22, 2013

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Have you ever wanted something so badly, that you were willing to ignore all the facts and logic in the world just to have it? No matter what anybody said or did, you just knew you were right and you were going to get it. Only to find out later that it wasn’t what you wanted at all. It just didn’t do anything for you. It didn’t change your life. It didn’t improve your world. It actually changed absolutely nothing you thought it would. Everything stayed just as it was before. No improvement at all, and after all the fighting you figure out that now things are the same if not worse then they were before. Would you at least agree that the next time, you think you’re so right,  you should collect the facts and listen to others with a more open mind?

That is the story of gun control right now. Banning guns is the knee jerk reaction to a problem that has no history to fixing whats wrong. We’ve banned guns before. But when we did, the homicide rate caused by gun use didn’t go down. Because the problem is not with a gun or any other inanimate object. The problem is with people who will use a gun for horrible and unlawful purposes. Banning the tool does not equate to stopping the behavior. Also, banning something does not equate to never giving someone access to it. Because even though you have banned something, it does not mean that automatically that item will be removed from the planet. And even if by some miracle it could be true, that whatever you have banned ceases to exist, you still have the original problem, people. People who have problems.

The entire country would work together and fight together to end gun violence. That is the sad part of this insanity. It almost seems logical if we all talked about ending gun use for illegal purposes, it would start to weed out or common enemy. Those that want to use guns illegally. The rage and the fight should be focused on those people. Not on the gun as it is now. The current outrage is the use of guns in school violence. No sane person in America would argue that. But when we look at the violence that has occurred all to often, we find that the single common denominator is people with metal health issues and anti social behavior. It’s very sad to think that all of our attention is not being focused on the root cause of the problem. We are in the middle of an epidemic of young people who feel a need to resort to violence to solve their problems. And yet faced with that fact, we want to do anything but help these people.

Common sense should dictate our answer to this growing problem. One being what has gone wrong that so many young people want to express themselves in a violent manner. Another would have to be, why are these people falling through the cracks of our society and not getting the help they need way before they act out. All the tools are in place already to help these people and to monitor them. So why or how is it that they are not getting the help they need? And why is it that we are willing to accept a second best answer to a larger problem? It really isn’t about just these people, over 10,000 people die each year due to gun violence. There are no laws that will change that number. These people are already operating in an illegal sub culture of crime. By their very definition these people do not follow or care about the law.

Some gun ownership laws should be changed. There is no reason to believe that back round checks should not be done or enforced to a certain standard. But limiting the amount of rounds you can put into a clip or the amount that a clip can hold is just an uninformed view of how things work. A clip can be changed out in less that 3 seconds. How is that going to solve any problem you have right now? And then there is that pesky 2nd Amendment. One of the silliest arguments has to be that our Founding Fathers didn’t consider Assault Rifles. But in truth they did not limit any arms of their times. It states quite simply , The Right To Bear Arms. Any confusion in what was said or what was intended can be found in the words of our Founding Fathers.

The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. – Samuel Adams

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. – Alexander Hamilton

“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” –Thomas Jefferson

We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. – Patrick Henry

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. – James Madison

There is no gray area in the words spoken by the people who put these word down. They were very clear about what they wanted and what they felt. Time does not change the meaning they intended to convey. The use of the word “Arms”  was not limited to hunting or protection. It was also not limited in any way to what people could own. It is very clear they intended it to mean any and all arms of their time and of any time in future generations.

So the colossal waste of time being spent on bringing this needless argument to the forefront of gun control is pathetic. It has taken the discussion away from what is really the only issue. What is happening to our youth that violence seems to be the answer? Why does the greatest country in the world today not have a system to protect it’s citizens from the mentally impaired? Why would a country built on laws and common sense strip away from everyone their rights to solve a problem that will not be solved by that action? Why would a country built on freedom and rights of the people accept a solution that infringes on those rights and freedoms?

Paraphrased from multiple people on the wrong side of this issue. Will it help solve the problem? No, it will not. But we need to do something. Something must be done.

Our Founding Fathers must be turning over in their graves at the thought that adding more laws and stripping the very freedoms they fought for, knowing they are not the answer, is somehow the American way of doing anything. Americans have a very long history of getting things done. Not doing something because it’s the easy way out. We face the tough issues and we find the answers. In this case it’s Mental Health and an escalating crime situation. That is the enemy. And we need to embrace the long hard fight to fix these problems. That is the solution to making all of us safe. Banning arms , by their own admission is not the answer.

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest. – Mahatma Gandhi

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