Monday, February 11, 2013

How can we solve the gun control debate?

A knowledgeable Constitution reader recently commented to me:
What I really don’t get is that everyone ignores the first clause of the second amendment. 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. If one goes back to the historic record and why that amendment was included, you will see that what it is trying to prevent is having all the power in the military and creating a situation where martial law could take away individual liberties. That is what the colonists thought the British did in quartering soldiers in their homes and taking away their rights to assemble and voice their grievances.
It's the NRA lobby that has everyone convinced that the second amendment is for the individual gun purchaser and not intended for state militias. Certainly no well-funded opposition group ever corrected the NRA (which must really stand for National Retail Armorers) interpretation, so it has become popular "knowledge" for every gun defender around.
WhiteHouse Gun violence Plan
Credit: www.whitehouse.gov
Guns are used to perpetrate not only murders but suicides and accidents (see the facts), yet gun owners are all brainwashed into thinking having a gun in their home makes them safe. Framers of the Constitution, on the other hand, wanted to make the country safe, but today's NRA misinterpreters are putting military weapons on the streets and putting the nation at risk.

Maybe the gun proliferation problem could be solved by requiring everyone who owns a gun to be in their state militia....
 
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