Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What the Second Amendment really says...

"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."

Our founding fathers wanted Americans to be able to protect their homes and families, and protect the Union in case of war. They were not advocating AK-47s and other automatic weapons being stockpiled in the home. Let's be real: they probably didn't think of automatic weapons or modern cities. They didn't know how closely we'd be living together. And I'm sure they didn't dream of the organized crime, drug dealing, or mass murder so common in modern society.

Most of the yo-yos out there who belong to the local gun club only know how to quote the last half of the Amendment, and they quote it the way so many people with a cause quote things: the way it suits their purpose. But just like anything else, we have to look at The Big Picture. I'm not advocating that guns be outlawed. I agree with that bumper sticker that says, "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." Prohibition - in any form - doesn't work. My point is simply that gun control is not a bad thing.

If you want to buy a handgun or rifle, fine. Go through the background check and waiting period, and get a gun. Get 20 guns, for all I care. Use them to protect your home and family, and to hunt, if that's your thing. But don't preach this drivel about how it's your RIGHT as an American to keep 50 automatic weapons in your home. There's simply no legitimate reason for those kinds of weapons to be available to the average citizen.

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