Why can we buy machine guns?

Second Amendment - The right to bear arms for a well regulated militia (muskets)

I think it is time to talk about this. It’s time to reflect on this awful crime while it is a topic and review our laws in the midst of the most recent, and horrible, tragedy. We need discussions with our leaders now, when all of this matters most and is top of mind and not a 3rd page news story. Like every other normal citizen in this country, I cried when I heard about Las Vegas, just like all of these tragedies. I am devastated for those families and friends who lost someone they loved. But I am also angry, and now is the time to find an intelligent way to decrease the violence that seems to be plaguing in this country.

Before we argue, let’s start with a history lesson. On December 15, 1791, The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution was created and 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.” The Senate recently vited to change the language of this law to remove the word “militia”. That’s like removing the “N” word from Huckleberry Fin. We know it was there and what it meant. You didn’t change any of the meaning, you just removed it so it didn’t offend anyone.

The original law was written based loosely on a law brought over from England, which we fled by the way because of persecution. It was also partially based on Americans wanting to be free from dictator rules and afforded people the freedoms to protect themselves from armed mauraduers who invaded America. It allowed them to protect their land and their families when we didn’t live on top of each other and needed help. I get it, and I agree with affording American citizens with liberties we could not be allowed in countries. And I support our constitution and bill of rights, but…

This law was written over 200 years ago when there were less than 4 million people in this country and guns were single-shot muskets that had to be manually loaded with powder and ball for each shot. Now we have self loading, automatic assault weapons that shoot 50-60 high-caliber bullets per minute and can be bought in nearly every town, in every state.

I am not saying we should ban all guns. I believe in the rights of gun owners. If you want a handgun to protect your family or a rifle to go hunting, I am on your side 100%. But to allow any citizen of this country own a fully automatic weapon, or to own 20-40-50 guns that were sold as semi automatic and give anyone the tools to customize them to do this in their garage, is what we need to discuss. There is no legitimate need for a regular citizen to own one of these. If you’re out hunting deer with an AK 47, you need therapy.

What we need is common sense from citizens and those who we elect to protect us. We just need to rethink the types of weapons that should be legal and stop wrapping ouselves in the second amendment and get the NRA out of Washington so we can find a sensible solution to a pervading problem that continues to plague this country.

I’m expecting arguments to my post, and I am open to debate. But please do so in a calm, sensible manner and I would be happy to hear your point of view. Because that’s the kind of discussion we should be having.

Thanks,

-H


 

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One Thought to “Why can we buy machine guns?”

  1. Anonymous

    It’s definitely a topic we should be looking into more. I’m pretty much on the same page as you on this.

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