Gun Control and responsibility
What a contentious debate! But is it an issue that has most people looking in the wrong place at a very bad time? Is it possible that this extremely important, highly emotional controversy is shifting people in this country away from some of the things that we really need to be looking at and addressing? Could it be another division between citizens, while demigods steer things their own way? Is it a spire that draws our focus and memories away from our origins, our history, and our foundation as a nation? Is it yet again one more thing that grabs the moral fabric of this nation and tosses it over our heads?
Do I believe in gun control? NO! Do I believe in gun regulations? YES!
But no matter what side of this issue you or I am on, no matter if it is no more guns or guns galore. It is only one small cog in the changes that need to take place to put us where we should be.
And the biggest question of all is… who is willing to do what it will take?
I am going to try to avoid any statement such as, “a gun never killed anyone on its own” because that just gets those old debate drums beating. Instead, I am going to proceed with my pointed opinions!
If you don’t feel that the bottom line over this debate, this controversy, is not about addressing and preventing violence. Then I suspect that you are a moron or a criminal. To begin to curtail violence several things must change and we should not allow ourselves to be appeased or boondoggled by the politicians who are grandstanding on the “gun debate.” I don’t want to overly generalize so let me add this, “I do feel some politicians just cannot figure this issue out, and they do need to focus on the gun debate.” There, I am no longer stereotyping.
Unless we really change how we view things and how we do things, I don’t see much of anything improving. Likely just getting worse.
To reduce the amount of violence taking place within this country, we need legal reform in several areas. We need to invest in the correct types of programs and infrastructure. Most importantly we need to re-formalize how we in this country think and behave.
The penal system needs to be changed drastically. The current mental health laws need to be revised and amended. However, unless we proceed to make social and educational reforms, the legal changes will produce more expenses than results or solutions.
Unless it is an act of nature, violence will never take place other than through violent people! Our constitutional rights are rights that were intended and reserved for those individuals in this country who are in good standings with the society of our nation! Example: convicted murderers have lost their freedom to travel. Nevertheless, the murderer lost his or her right/s only after it was too late for some victim! Are we really “ok” with, a victim must fall prey before a particular “right” is removed from a brutal person?
Laws need to change if we hope to reduce acts of violence in the future, and I am not making reference to talking about the number of bullets you can have in a gun’s clip. I am rather talking about when a person commits a crime and is found guilty of that crime in any category that is indicative or a precursor to violence. That should be when they surrendered their rights to own or be in the possession of a weapon! That “right” should no longer be “their right” because they surrender their right through an act of their own. And remember someone in society was already put at risk by them. All their other rights remain intact but the privilege to own a weapon (gun or other weapons) should be surrendered the same as a driver’s license following a conviction for DWI. This should be after the very first offence. Not the whim that everyone should have a second chance.
For adults, the categories should be any conviction of any acts of violence or conviction of any illegal threats of violence. It should also include crimes that affect the nature of an individual (at risk) such as drugs or alcohol convictions. Mental health issues may be the most difficult area to address but cannot remain intact the way they currently are if we truly intend to curtail violence. Suicide attempts account for nearly two-thirds of all deaths by a gun. Suicide is an act of violence and there may be no greater propensity on this planet for violence, than from a human who does not care!
Most importantly, changes in the laws that apply to juveniles over the age of twelve to fourteen need to occur! The blanket of innocence that currently protects youth’s from their “decision making” is flawed and has long been at the expense of “innocent” victims. We all know in many situations that allowing a teenager’s anger to flourish nurtures the legacy that their violence will become history! It is absurd that acts of violence by teenagers can be legally obscured under youthful offender status or any other laws.
If these kinds of changes don’t take place, what would a background check be checking? The name of a person perhaps? Where you live? That you are a “known” felon, who already has lost his right to have a weapon after an innocent victim, endured their atrocity? You and I both know that felons are the guys that walk into gun shops every day, right. But if they do, would you want them getting a gun?
So now I reiterate, “Who is willing to do what it will take? And this sets me up for posing what I believe are the bigger issues. Will politicians do the work of going beyond their grandstanding? Will they do the right thing instead of fronting for some hidden interest or masquerading on their own behalf? Will gun owners and gun rights activist concede to background checks? Yes, there are some peripheral issues or concerns that go along with background checks being conducted. Although if these checks were done properly after the correct changes (changes along the lines that I have stated above) take place, they would help to keep weapons out of dangerous hands.
Let me grandstand for a moment by saying this: I don’t trust my government, and in this day and age I don’t trust some of my neighbors. I will own a gun! I am old enough to remember the Kent State shootings by the Army National Guard firsthand, and I will not give up “my right” to defend myself and family! And I will not leave my wife at home without an equalizer!
What are citizens willing to do? Are taxpayers willing to spend more money on taxes for changes and enforcement? Or is it cheaper to allow government regulations to kick in? Even if those regulations are at the expense of giving up more of our rights? Yes, losing more rights! Remember September 11th? There now exists an area in the United States where we no longer have our constitutional right of, ‘the freedom of movement. This large area includes a set distance from any US border.
Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US borders.
The government has assumed extraordinary powers to stop and search individuals within this zone. This is not just about the border: This “Constitution-Free Zone” includes most of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.
(Are You Living In A Constitution Free Zone? See the interactive map >>)
Once again I ask you, who is willing to do what it will take?
You might start to think that I am beginning to bang on my own drum but there is a beat here, and it is not mine. Rather it is our current social trend, political status quo, intentions without actions and FEAR! Like it or not, this is the beat of the drum.
We all are aware of the political status quo, but are we doing anything about it other than to supplicate and allow the establishment to remain intact. Debates are an important part of this country’s process but when these debates are in the spotlight of the media and sensationalized by the TV networks do, we simply stand appeased? Do we allow ourselves to believe that these are the most important issues, and since it is all so loud and bold that something is (really) being done about it?
As citizens, have our intention become just to want everything to be, ‘as it should be? But don’t tax me!
Has it become this country’s social trend to want more, more, and more? Has the pursuit of happiness run amok? Have people in this country become more afraid (FEAR) of losing their material gains, so drugged by the pleasures of abundance, that they are no longer worried about giving up their right? Liberty? Freedom?
Has fear taught us not to get involved, mind your own business? To be inside before it gets dark, to live in a gated community? Have we become terrorized and willing to lock ourselves in, giving up the right and liberty of freedom that so many have died to preserve for us? HAVE WE BECOME A NATION OF CONTENTED COWARDS? And if something else scary comes along… LOCK ME IN SOME MORE PLEASE!
Once again, I ask you, who is willing to do what it will take?
If we are going to reduce violence, we need to be able to see through the blur of the sensationalism and extremism that has taken place for so long. Was the constitution of the United States drafted in the spirit of proliferating murders, rapists, robbers, liars, cheats? We need people to remember what the constitution of this country intended, and what it has taken to keep those rights somewhat intact.
Constitutional rights were originally drafted with the intention of protecting citizens from tyranny, from tyrants! Tyrants are by definition bullies, aggressors, criminals! Our constitution granted citizens who are responsible and in good standings, the specific right to defend themselves from aggressors!
REMOVE THE BLUR! This is so clear to see! The second amendment should not be touched! It should never have been fondled. It should remain intact for all RESPONSIBLE citizens who reserve that right.
Once again, I ask you, who is willing to do what it will take?
Will we continue with the status quo? Or will we become brave enough to become intolerant?
Maybe I am the one who is confused? But why did people occupy Wall Street when it is the government that imposes the tax structure?
Will we retain courage enough to continue to live in freedom rather than lock ourselves down and to lock ourselves in, be in before dark, lock the gate?
Will we remain caring and courageous enough to invest in solutions, invest in our country, and share more of our “gains”? Be rich in some other ways than just materially?
We need to realize that those who have died persevering our freedom. Those who have died defending our country primarily met the aggressors over sea. They fought and died on foreign land, and some still do today! Nevertheless, times have changed! Be it terrorist or tyrants they walk the streets of this country, the war continues and the battle front is in our homeland!
To strip away our own rights as American citizens. To give up our liberties as a defense against aggression is about as useful as thinking that, ‘if I take my clothes off maybe the rapist will not rape me. Stop and think?
We need to think about social, legal and educational reforms. We need to consider changes that strike down the rights of those who are NOT RESPONSIBLE before they strike down innocent victims. We need to teach in our schools and to our children that as citizens we have rights and we have responsibilities.
If we truly care we need to make changes. If we actually want to continue to live the way we have been allowed to live, which is freedom from aggression to the greatest extent. That which others sacrificed their lives to provide for us be it a police officer or a soldier. Then we as citizen must change and make changes.
Responsible citizens limit the number of children they choose to raise. The US constitution never intended to allow irresponsible citizen to become the oppression of responsible citizens. Why do we have gangs? Why are there places in this country that are unsafe and people unprotected? Not because of a gun but because our social programs and our laws are inept and insufficient. To many people are not being responsible. Sadly we have children born to children, children abandoned by parents (wounded). The wounded young who were abandoned as children have grown up to be abandoned by society as adults.
Is the more affluent of our society being any more responsible than others? Largely the answer is “No” they are not! They are hoarding their millions and their billions (don’t tax me). They are hiding behind security guards, locked gates and off shore banks. This will not suffice for long if Americans remain on their present path.
To me this is about who is willing to do what it will take and a little bit about gun control.