Once again, school children and their teachers have been executed in the United States, in the land of the free and the home of the brave. This time, the same as happened a week ago in Buffalo, it was an 18-year-old who carried out the assassinations. Why? Because they could. Because they could legally purchase AR15s and fulfill their teenage fantasies. Now they are famous, or better, infamous.
Now, dozens of people in a small Texas town are mourning the loss of their children, their hope for a brighter future. And wondering why, in a country with so much potential, people with guns are allowed to mow down other innocent victims just for the fun of it.
I am so tired of hearing that nothing can be done about this situation, that people need even more guns to protect themselves, not fewer. In the simplest words I can find, I will tell you why: Americans who love guns are insane.
The much-quoted second amendment to the Constitution does NOT grant every living person in the country the right to own and use a gun. It states:
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.
The Second Amendment is now among the most misunderstood provisions of the Constitution. There are two schools of interpretation: one that it’s about the right of individuals and the other that it’s about the right of a state to have a militia.
The words must also be seen in the context of the time they were written when the newborn country needed the states to quickly assemble a militia to help defend their independent status. The men would turn up off their farms with their own guns to do that defending. And in general, weapons were then essential for hunting and defending their own homes. There would not as yet have been functioning local governments with a police force to protect scattered homes and farms.
But the age of the wild frontier is past and the situation in the 21st century is a whole lot different. Now, the population needs the police to defend them from (mainly) men of all ages armed with weaponry intended for armies fighting wars, not for over-grown children indulging GI Joe fantasies.
Each time one of these massacres happens, thoughts and prayers are offered. BIG DEAL.
They won’t bring back anyone’s loved ones. But the idea of comprehensive gun control to get these weapons of war off the streets is anathema, thanks to the lobbying of the NRA and all sorts of vested interests who will fight till all eternity to protect their deadly interpretation of the outdated second amendment.
So my dear fellow Americans, the bad news is that you are doomed to live in a country governed by the NRA and gun manufacturers rather than by the rule of law. You will not look abroad to see how other countries have handled this problem and succeeded in getting guns off the streets. No, America always knows best. America is a FREE country.
I can find tears for the bereaved loved ones in Texas and in Buffalo and wherever the next attack occurs. But I have no tears for my foolish country. It really ought to know better.