America shares a faithful yet rocky relationship with its own Second Amendment. Although ratified since its 1791 debut, the amendment is causing our country too much heartache.
Like many extensive and exhausted relationships, it becomes difficult to keep in mind what triggered the initial desire. The budding nation and the piece of legislation began its romance in a dark time, no but actually a dark time; electricity was not so much a thing then. Anyway, the two managed to avoid tricky turmoil because the purpose of the amendment was evident. The Second Amendment was established to protect the rights of the people to keep and bear arms. It enabled citizens to organize a militia, contribute to law enforcement, dismantle tyrannical government systems, stop invasion, combat slave revolts and secure self-defense. Did I fail to mention that the year was 1791?
If you intend on assembling a militia to overthrow a totalitarian government in 2016, good luck with the 18th century musket-type weaponry.
The logic that the intentions of the Second Amendment applies to contemporary life reduces Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, etc. Meanwhile, it is understandable to value self-defense; however, we collectively have to express more concern regarding the preventable deaths.
Furthermore, my favorite argument, a hearty piece of wisdom that rolls right off of the tongue: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” If this is the pillar beneath your pro-gun stance, why haven’t there been more mass shooting interrupted by good guys? Statistics prove that within the past 30 years, zero mass shootings have been stopped by armed civilians. With a third of our nation strapped, a lack of guns doesn’t seem to be the issue.
We’ve had a strong run but it’s time for America to say “it’s not me, it’s you.”