Fight the Right to Bear Arms

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.

I did some research on this amendment so I didn’t sound like a complete idiot on this point but I’m far from an expert. My understanding is that this law gives the military the right to do whatever it wants and individuals are allowed to carry hand guns after passing a background check. Assault rifles and bigger weapons require different permits.

The idea behind the 2nd amendment in 1791 was to:

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    Guns in 1791

    Deter tyrannical gov’t

  • Repel invasion
  • Facilitating a natural right of self-defense

 

Are Guns a Problem?

A recent study found that, after Missouri repealed its background check law, the murder rate spiked by 16 percent; the researchers tracked many of the killings back to newly purchased guns. Conservative writer Robert VerBruggen double-checked the data, and concluded that “the state’s murder rate indeed soared the year after a gun law changed, and there’s no other obvious explanation.”

Deaths per 100,000 people

Deaths per 100,000 people

The United States ranks 12th in firearm deaths by country. The countries above the US are mostly South American and I can only imagine the Government’s involvement with regard to firearms. Let’s not jump to ridiculous conclusions because 10 people out of 100,000 is fairly insignificant. On the flip side, 30,000+ people dying each year by a fire arm sounds a bit higher when considering 318,000,000+ people live in the US. Another note should be that out of that 10, 6.7 are suicide related.

If you’ve been following the news, Texas now allows an open carry rule which allows it citizens to walk around with exposed guns. In Texas, no one blinks an eye. I for one would not be comfortable in this type of environment. My stance on guns is pretty easy to understand, I don’t care if you have them, I just don’t want to know about it.

 

Why Does An Individual Need To Carry Around a Weapon?

img-pointed-gunPeople who carry weapons use the thinking that if I ever get into a situation where I’m threatened by another person with a weapon, I want to be able to defend myself. People specifically go to shooting ranges to enhance their skills for these potential spots. If you’ve never used a gun before, and someone is pointing a gun at you, you are pretty much dead. If you own a gun and someone is pointing one at you, the idea is that you can fight back. This takes us to the 2nd amendment, you have the right to bear arms. If certain people are restricted from carrying weapons, and certain others are allowed to, you have an unbalanced situation. If everyone has the right to, we live like we do currently.

 

Some Poor Gun Control Examples

1791 was a different time period. If someone fired a gun at you and missed, I think you’d have about a hour to run away before the person was able to reload. A 9mm can hold anywhere between 8-15 bullets depending on the model. Assault rifles can fire 30 rounds per magazine. Let’s look at how damage occurs in certain scenarios.

MTE4MDAzNDEwMzI0OTE1NzI2Seung Hui Cho Virgina Tech Shooting – 32 killed, 17 wounded
Used a Walther P22 and Glock 19 – had 19, 10 & 15 round magazines which totaled over 400 rounds of ammunition
Committed suicide at the end of attack. Had severe anxiety disorder.

Sandy Hill Killer

Adam LanzaSandy Hook Elementary School Shooting – 27 killed, 2 injured
.22-caliber Savage MK II-F bolt action rifle, Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, Glock 20SF
154 rifle shots, 2 glock shots (one to kill himself)
Had sensory-integration disorder

James_Holmes,_croppedJames Holmes  – 2012 Aurora Colorado Attack –  12 people killed, 70 injured
76 total shots fired – six from the shotgun, 65 from the semi-automatic rifle, and five from the .40-caliber handgun
Plead insanity. Has attempted suicide multiple times while being imprisoned.

Anders-Behring-Breivik_Aiming_GunAnders Behring Breivik – 2011 Norway Attack – 68 killed, 110 injured
Used a Ruger Mini 14 rifle
Avg age of those killed, 20, trained marksman.
Sane with paranoid schizophrenia.

california-shootersSyed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik – 2015 San Bernardino Attack – 14 killed , 22 injured
65-75 bullets fired from Semi Automatic Pistols and Rifles

Isil – Bataclan Theatre Massacre – 89 killed
3 men – AKM Assault Rifles

 

Is There a Point?

ducks in the pondI don’t know. Guns in the wrong hands is problematic any way you look at it. Of course there should be background checks but even this can be bypassed by purchasing a weapon illegally. Millions of individuals like guns for defense, hunting, and a general level of awesomeness. The only time guns come into my life is when I read about people being killed with them. If someone stormed my house and wanted to rob me, I’d be dead. If the Apocalypse came and the Walking Dead surfaced, I’d be dead. If aliens attacked our planet armed with anything other than a sling shot, I’d be dead. There are many arguments to owning a weapon, I for one, will continue to go unprepared. Please don’t read my blog and take advantage of this point.

By | 2016-01-21T09:42:28+00:00 January 20th, 2016|My Brain|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Sam January 20, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    My simple stance on guns – no civilian should have them at all, ever. The intent of the second amendment doesn’t really apply in today’s world, it’s taken out of context at this point.

    The complicated stance – It’s not as easy as “turn in all the guns” and viola, problem solved, and I understand that.

    There’s no easy answer. But my view is the closer we can move towards no guns, the better.

  2. Alex January 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Yikes

  3. Brookes January 21, 2016 at 12:39 am

    I am always intrigued by the argument that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. As objects, the guns are faultless until a user activates them to create harm. But, if you gave anyone on this list a knife, it is doubtful they would be able to kill 27 people, or even themselves. If you replace the knife with a potato, the death rate plummets.

    A general consumer – through certain channels – can purchase a military grade rifle which can literally split a human body in half from a mile away. If people claim that they need this kind of weaponry for hunting, they are terrible at it and shouldn’t be allowed to hunt.

    Chris Rock probably had the best suggestion for curbing gun violence years ago. Instead of removing guns from the landscape, just charge $1,000 per bullet. People would really have to consider how badly they want to shoot.

  4. Tom Stortz January 21, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Potatoes for all!

  5. Jeff January 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I agree with Sam on the context and misinterpretation point….”the right the Bear Arms”!?

    Hell yeah if I killed a bear I would definitely have the rights to its arms. Hell I would have the right to its head!

    But realistically, we don’t see bears around the cities nowadays. The urbanization of this country has pushed the bears into the wild and has since been preserving their arms (and heads). I for one think the south just got confused and has been for 225 years.

    On a more hilarious note, if you have not watched Jim Jefferies bit on gun control, do yourself a favor for the next 10-15 mintues.

    * Jeff failed to share the link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rR9IaXH1M0

  6. jkash January 25, 2016 at 11:36 am

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