In the wake of the events that transpired this weekend in Aurora, CO, the topic of gun control is literally sizzling on everyone’s tongue. Should we keep our guns or get rid of them? There isn’t one simple way to answer this question. Either side is fundamentally loaded with an ammunition bag full of opinions that are ready to shoot off at the drop of a hat.
The safety of ourselves and our loved ones is certainly at the top of the list for reasons why many would like to do away with guns period. That’s a completely understandable argument. Can’t shoot any holes in that one. Let’s make sure that we’re asking all of the necessary questions to accompany that opinion. Would the police still be allowed to possess a gun? Should the police be allowed to handle/own firearms if the citizens can’t? What would individuals be expected to do to protect themselves if someone chose to obtain a firearm illegally and use it as such?
On the flip side, one of the loudest arguments against it lies within our good friend, the Constitution of the United States of America. One version of the Second Amendment 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.” “ while another 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,” However you slice it, the words are there for your own personal interpretation…sort of. A big counter attack to this (these) statement(s) is that these laws were subject to the circumstances happening at the time they were written and have no bearing in today’s society. Maybe, but if we’re going to say that this law should be stricken because of the time that it was written then what’s to stop someone from trying to have our favorite first Amendment erased? It was created in the same time frame as the second and one could argue that the same point used for the second Amendment could apply to the first.
I’m not a political genius by any means. I’m a Laymen in the utmost definition of the word. I’m sure that there are a ton of different stats and graphs that could plug these arguments full of holes. My intention is to open a “dialogue” (and I stress that word emphatically) on the topic. Whether you’re a fan of them or not, whatever our choice is as a society will have heavy consequences either way it goes. If we’re seriously going to consider the retraction of something that’s written in our Constitution, then let’s make sure we’re ready to take everything that comes with it…lock, stock, & barrel included.