Thursday, December 20, 2012

Why Control Guns?

Because People are competitive; always have been, always will be!

Some people take competition to extremes; again: always have, always will!

Fighting, from one on one to military against military, is and always has been a decision maker.  Wars between clans, tribes or nations have determined who will lead.  One day, August 6th 1945, war became harder to justify, because the weapons became too powerful.  World War II ended abruptly when the world was first exposed to the awesome destructive power of atomic weapons; unfortunately it took two bombs to convince the receiving side that that war was done.

World War III was never fought!  It was not because humanity and their nations had become less competitive.  It was MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) that prevented the Cold War from becoming open warfare.

Small wars are still fought between groups of people determined to resist non-violent solutions to problems, but the threat of nuclear extermination limits the size and scope of these conflicts.

What has this got to do with anything?

Personal conflict has also become capable of extreme violence!  Weapons designed for wars have made it to the consumer market, and given out bursts of anger, grief, passion, narcissism, megalomania, etc… new power to destroy and kill.  Guns kill over 30,000 people every year (>1,000 accidents, >20,000 suicides, >10,000 murders) in the USA alone; actually we lead the rest of the countries of the world, not involved in a declared war, combined! 

More than 100,000 people are injured or killed by gun fire each year here in the USA alone.

The first sentence in the second paragraph of the United States of America’s Declaration of Independence:

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Citizens of the USA can own guns because of the concept, “pursuit of Happiness,” but are not allowed to terminate another person’s right to, “Life.”  

Some will say that the second amendment to the US Constitution (part of the Bill of Rights) gives a person access to unrestricted ownership and use of guns. 

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.

There is no reference to an individual’s right anywhere in that sentence and that is the entire amendment.

The legal precedent, with only two very recent exceptions, in the entire history of our country has supported the definition of militia as part of the nation’s military.

Modern guns and ammunition have given personal disagreement the power of death and destruction that civilians were not meant to have, and the military’s use thereof is also tightly restricted.  It is time to take access to guns and ammo designed for the extreme circumstances of war off the streets of America!

Some will say, “If guns are illegal then only criminals will have guns!”  Clean, intentional, miss!  All guns should be regulated because they are tools designed to kill things, but not all guns and/or ammo will be illegal to own.

Some, often the same folks as in the previous paragraph, will say,”If regular citizens are allowed to carry their guns in public that that will control, possibly eliminate, gun violence.”  

Question: How does crossfire in a fire fight (shoot out) quell gun violence?

Answer: It not only does nothing to reduce gun violence, it adds to the death and destruction because a shot can become a gun battle.
It is well past time to regulate (truly attempt to mitigate) the havoc, injury and death that guns can wreak.

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