Which politician in Washington is going to have the guts to do it? Which politician is going to be the first to propose it?
As we wait for another mass shooting (any day now), the rhetoric in Congress, from President Donald J. Trump, the NRA and the so-called “expert” talking heads on the various cable news shows is in full force.
We’ve heard all the proposals before, though.
Expanding background checks. Sure this sounds good. And if you want to buy a gun from a store like Don’s Guns in Indianapolis (“they don’t want to make any money folks, they just love to sell guns”), a deeper background check may at times work. But, with millions of these types of guns already privately owned in America, what stops me from selling my spare AR-15 to a friend on the other side of town without a check? Nothing.
Make twenty-one the legal age to buy an AR-15. “Hey soldier. You’re eighteen now. Here’s a gun to blow the head off an ISIS rebel sitting on some sand dune, but you have to wait three more years to privately own a similar weapon to the one we just gave you.” Stupid idea. By the way, drinking age should be eighteen too. If you can vote in America at eighteen, and kill in the name of America at eighteen, you should be able to drink and own the legal gun of your choice at eighteen.
Arm and train teachers (or some teachers) as proposed by the president. It’s easy to talk a big game here. “If only a teacher had a weapon, he would have killed the gunman.” That’s a big assumption. When confronted, will a teacher act, shooting to kill a troubled student he or she may know? Hell, an armed 32-year veteran cop in Broward County, Florida appears to have waited outside Stoneman Douglas High School listening to the gunshots that slaughtered 17 innocent people. We expect a biology teacher to turn all Dirty Harry and say, “Cruz. Go ahead. Make my day?” It may happen, but then again it may not.
It is comforting to know, however, when the next school shooting happens, if President Trump can get to the scene in time he may personally enter the building, unarmed, to stop the massacre. “Stand down Secret Service agent. This one’s mine.”
So it comes down to the 2nd Amendment.
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 Founding Fathers, the radical, free thinking hippies of their day, with long white hair in ponytails, must have thought this gun thing was important, since it comes in at number two on the countdown.
It’s easy to understand why it was important to them. The British considered them traitors to the throne and treasonous bastards. When the colonials were fighting the Revolutionary War, keeping a rifle handy at the front door was the prudent thing to do.
But, it really doesn’t matter why you have the right to own a gun. You do. That’s all you need to know. Ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the right to bear arms is an individual right, adding the 2nd Amendment may be regulated, but it would be up to the courts to decide if those regulations infringed on your rights to own the gun.
You have the right to own guns – period.
The 2nd Amendment, as it is written, doesn’t say you have to undergo a background check. It says nothing about you paying for the gun and then having to wait a few days until it’s actually given to you. Nor does it say you must be eighteen or twenty-one to buy and own a gun. And it doesn’t say anything about music teachers being allowed to have a 44 Magnum in their clarinet cases.
I started off by asking two questions: Which politician in Washington is going to have the guts to do it? Which politician is going to be the first to propose it?
What I meant was which politician is going to have the guts to propose a change to or the abolition of the 2nd Amendment?
Sure, it’s political suicide. But, if any politician really feels so strongly about gun control, this is what they should be fighting for. Otherwise their rhetoric on background checks, bump stocks and arming teachers is just that – rhetoric (and political theater).