How many children must die to protect the profit margins of the gun manufactures?
My position is this. Repeal the 2nd Amendment. Abolish all fire arms.
I know there are a lot of reasons not to, but I have 27 new reasons to do so. Add these names to the 2,500 children that are killed every year.
Why keep the 2nd Amendment? What is its purpose? The primary reason is to give the citizenry the power to overthrow the government. When it was written the citizens had the same weapons as the military, muskets. While civilian metal workers could make military grade cannons if necessary. Today, I don’t think you are going to produce an M-1 Abrams tank in your garage. If you lined up a million citizens armed with AR-15’s against a single Army Division, I wouldn’t bet on the citizens to win. So we are not going to overthrow the government by force of arms.
There is the argument that guns are necessary to protect our country from invasion. See the above argument. If our army cannot protect us from an invasion, then the civilians are not going to either.
Another argument is, “If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns.” This will be true for a while, probably many years, but eventually the guns will be wheedled out of the general populous.
Then there is this argument, “There are 300 million guns out there, you’ll never get them all.” To which I say, “When have Americans run away from a task because it was too hard?”
Then there is the hunting argument. Maybe when hunting provided 10-30% of the family calories, but I doubt hunting provides a hundredth that now. There is a reason for farms, it raises the most calories for an acre of land. The wild stopped being able to support the general population about 300 years ago.
There is the argument to protect your home. This one is valid, except than when a home of an armed citizen is invaded, the odds are actually better the home owner will be killed by his own gun then successfully repelling the invader. It has to do with the mindset. Law abiding, sane citizens are not mentally prepared to do violence. The home invaders are.
And I love the argument, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Yes, but how many atrocities like these school shootings could have occurred without firearms? I can think of only one in the last century. It’s not the person, but the guns make it possible to kill that many people at one time.
I know repealing the 2nd Amendment is neigh impossible, so can we amend it instead to read.
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people, except those persons capable of committing atrocities, to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.