Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What Gun Control is Useful and/or Constitutional?

There have been many gun control bills that have been submitted to congress over the past 50 years, with an emphasis on new laws in the past 5 or 10.  The major debate arose after the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Many gathered in front of the White House and the Capital building to try and pressure law makers into passing new gun legislation.  What these people don't pay attention to are the facts.  They were trying to get legislation passed that would ban all weapons classified as being assault weapons; however, in Connecticut there are already laws that prohibit the possession or sale of all assault weapons.  Those people are also ignoring the fact that 80-90% of gun crimes involve the use of a handgun, not a long gun.  Also, about 16,000 homicides were caused in 2011 because of non gun attacks.  Compared to that, the 11,000 gun related homicides seem rather insignificant.  They seem even more insignificant when compared with the 50,000 automobile related deaths.  I don't see anyone trying to ban the use of cars except for a few extremists who really don't care about what others think.  If we are going to ban guns, why don't we ban baseball bats because they cause almost 5,000 deaths each year.  When referring to what gun control is useful or whether or not we want it, we ought to look at who has banned all guns recently.  Adolf Hitler banned guns and then killed 14 million people.  Josef Stalin took the Russian guns away and then killed over 20 million people. Mao Zedong took away guns from the Chinese people and then killed over 40 million of them. I am not meaning to say that Obama intends to kill millions of people; I only mean to say that history shows how only totalitarian governments take away guns on a regular basis. James Madison said, "Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army (check), an enslaved press (mostly check because most of the news stations side with Obama), and a disarmed populace." Aren't we on the way to that right now with all the attempts to take away guns? Even though the second amendment says that the government can't take away guns. The wording of the constitution is that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Not taken or removed, but infringed. Infringe is to violate or remove any part of the right. This means that laws banning the possession of firearms in public places are unconstitutional. According to the constitution, any laws that limit the possession or use of firearms in public places are not allowed.

Adolf Hitler - "To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens." 
George Washington - "When any nation no longer trusts its citizens with guns, it is sending a clear message. It no longer trusts its citizens with guns because such a government has evil plans."

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