Banning Firearms

The recent, well publicized, murders or 4 Oakland, California Police Officers and 8 people in a Carthage, North Carolina nursing home have some fearing the Obama administration may use this as an excuse to take their guns. I can’t speak to the Presidents intentions regarding gun control, but I’m sure taking away America’s guns won’t be on the table.
Here’s why:

1. The second amendment to the constitution. It seems very clear the founding fathers intended for America to be an armed society.
2. There is no doubt in my mind the reason America has not been attacked by a foreign army (in the last 200 years anyway)  is because a general planning an attack knows everybody in America has a gun. It’s one thing for the army, militia and police to be armed, but when every Tom, Dick and Harry (and Harry’s grandmother) starts shooting at you, that will give military planners a moment of pause.
3. Taking away America’s guns is like locking the barn door after the horse has bought an assault rifle. Banning guns in our country is not possible. There are millions of them. You think the war against drugs is a disaster, can you imagine if the government tried to outlaw private firearm ownership? To accomplish this the 2nd Amendment would have to be repealed. This would require two-thirds of the states vote to give up their guns. Utah will vote for same sex marriage before that happens.

Gun violence, random or otherwise, is a fact of life in America. It is the price we pay for the freedom we enjoy. There will continue to be shootings in malls and school campuses. The legislature and law enforcement will try to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not possess them but because of the sheer number of  guns on the street this will be all but impossible. Remember, it’s not just the gangs and those on the margins of society that are responsible for gun violence. Example:
John Q. Public has no criminal record. He’s an upstanding member of the community, maybe he’s on the local school board. He might live next door. He buys a gun. Over the course of years he’s bought several, legally. One day John loses his job. He finds out his wife is having an affair with her orthodontist. John snaps and becomes the third story on the evening news. (Depending on the news day of course).
Don’t get me wrong, I support the 2nd Amendment. But court house shootings and rampages by angry, despondent citizens won’t stop. In our country, it’s just the way it is.


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