I posted an article on March 15th, asking the question if there could be middle ground on gun control. Gun Control – Can There Be A Middle Ground?
I got the response that I pretty much expected, mostly from those that believe the 2nd Amendment is about protecting one’s home. One person commented that he has the right to protect his family in the way he deems most effective and responsible and there is no debate about it. He went on to say that the founding fathers understood the right of self-preservation.
The 2nd Amendment reads: “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.”
It’s purpose was to prevent the New Federal government established in 1789 from disarming the state militias and replacing them with a federal army, a concern that was relevant for a few years during the birth of our country but is irrelevant in current times.
It’s more of a firewall to prevent anyone to take total control of the country in absolute power.
If there is one thing that I want to make clear here, it’s that I, in no way shape of form, want to repeal the 2nd Amendment. In fact, keep your guns if you want to since most likely, the only way guns could be taken away are from your “cold, dead hands.”
A question I ask of every citizen of these United States, NRA members and anti-gun proponents, black, white, Latino and any other people I fail to mention is this: Do you want to make schools and universities a safer place for this country’s upcoming generations?
I would expect that many of us would agree that all want to make schools safer. Ok, we have a starting point. However, the diverse directions that each side want to take to reach that goal is so far apart that it has caused a freeze in reaction…and kids in the schools are caught in the middle.
David Hogg, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, FL, has become a gun control advocate and activist against gun violence since the shooting. He has been targeted by several right-wingers such as Laura Ingraham (mocking Hogg for being rejected by several colleges for his GPA), Frank Stallone (saying Hogg is getting a little to big for his britches and that someone in his (Hogg’s) age group is dying to sucker punch him and perhaps most insulting was Ted Nugent’s rant in where he stated that Parkland survivors have no soul and are liars.
What I can glean from this is these people don’t want to try and find a solution to keep schools safer. They are deflecting from the subject by making outlandish and insulting statements to muddy the waters.
This is not going to be an easy solution to come to. Both sides have very strong arguments as to what needs to be done. Some want to allow teachers to carry guns and others feel a ban on assault style weapons is in order. Also, there are the lunatic fringes on both sides, those who want to have everyone carry a gun and those who think the 2nd Amendment should be repealed.
The NRA (National Rifle Association) calls itself the country’s longest-standing civil rights organization and are the proud defenders of history’s patriots and diligent protectors of the 2nd Amendment. It’s a non-profit organization that is tax exempt, not a status that I feel for an outfit so closely tied to the firearms and ammunition industry. And since they only specialize in 2nd Amendment issues, I find it hard pressed to consider them a civil rights organization.
I end this by saying I won’t see a solution to this in my lifetime. Just like I doubt I will see racism in this country come to end or powerful lobbyists no longer controlling elections and political issues.