Defend the Free State
Recent events have conjured up thoughts about similar events of the past few years, which bring the conversation of gun control to the forefront. Each mass shooting that occurs brings the feelings of horror and fear. Horrific displays of violence that end with even a death are preventable. The sympathy for the victims and survivors in these situations is necessary and understood. The questions are overwhelming as to why any of this happened. However, the greatest question is on the prevention of it happening. How could we as a society avoided such unnecessary events? How can we stop all deaths from gun violence?
The conversation has been avoided by most of the leaders as it is claimed that the time is inappropriate. Yet, if we wait, then the moment of learning has past and all is lost in vain. The talk of gun control needs to be held on all levels including the prevention of the societal issues that created the situation in the first place.
There is little argument that the gun is not to blame for the actions of the person. No gun will march out to a place and kill multiple people without someone to pull the trigger. I would not say that the tool is the blame of the action, but it is the tool of the action. Without it being in the possession of a willing individual, the matter will not happen. Simply put, if you don’t give a carpenter a hammer to built, the house will not be built.
Guns have purpose in the hands of the wielder, so we must address the true issue of gun violence. Two sides of this debate will forever twist and balance on the tip of the Second Amendment. As citizens of the U.S., we all have this right as accorded in the Constitution. Pause for a moment and read the exact words and understand the context of the words:
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.
These words have created debate upon debate without pause. It has led to crucial and defining decisions in the Supreme Court which have shaped our current view from the original context. There is no doubt that anyone can break this right down to support their view. It is apparent in the large lobbying group, NRA, which never stops campaigning for the right to keep guns available to everyone.
However, let’s consider one point mentioned already. The wielder of the weapon is the one with the intent, and based on the environmental and societal effects on this person, it can move away from this right to bear arms among others in a well regulated militia very quickly. The Free State that requires security does need a well regulated militia that serves the people. It is not for the individual to use as one pleases. It is the individual right to have the weapon in the case of raise arms to protect, but the aggressor should never be defended with this right. It is purely a stance of defense.
Most news outlets and the sheep that follow along without thinking would have the populace believe that now is not the time for a discussion. Waiting will only bring the next tragedy before the news covers it again. This is wrong. Shortly after President Reagan was shot and a member of his cabinet was struck in the head, a form of gun control came into the discussion and was passed into law. It was not too early then. When Gabby Giffords was shot in Tuscon, AZ, it was mentioned that gun control was being brought up too soon. After the shootings in West Virginia and Aurora, we heard that it was all too soon to speak of gun control. The victims are gone. Families are wounded. Lives are destroyed. It is too late for this to be changed, but it is never too soon to wake up and fix this problem. Regulate the guns by regulating the people who go to buy them. The sense of the solution is bubbling over and it is time that we break through the horrific rhetoric of the media and lobbyists who cry “Too Soon!”
Enough…just fix the solution at its source before it is Too Late for someone else. Protect the citizens by protecting the guns from aggressors.