Eyes Cocked, Mouth Loaded
Those whom are born, naturalized or legally become a US citizen assume these rights that were written from our elders who created these United States of America.
The above is a very short precursor in this debate topic. And was written for our foreign friends that find this an interesting subject or for students worldwide that may find this article engaging.
Specifically our Second Amendment pertains to a US average citizen to ’Bear Arms’. Meaning to basically own a gun.
As of the posting of this article 2011,… this remains an active right of our average US citizens. And any average US citizen may legally purchase a firearm for the protection of person(s) or property.
This is where things get confusing to both our Government and our citizens. Each US State may have more specific details on how owning a weapon and the legalities in functioning that right.
An example is that any average citizen in Texas has the right to use lethal force; kill an intruder, if trying to make unlawful entry into their home or their immediate neighbors’ home. Meaning, if you lived in Texas and someone was trying to break into your home or you saw them trying to break into your neighbors’ home, you could shoot to stop that crime. Including the killing or that intruder. You would not be guilty of killing that person in that instance.
This is not the same in most United States. However, in most states, the average citizen may use any weapon including a firearm to protect themselves or another person from serious or lethal injury. Meaning if someone was aiming at someone else with a gun,… you essentially could shoot to stop that person’s aggression against yourself or anyone else.
Just my stating these things may generate speculation and debate. And these are VERY simple examples. However, heated debates on these simple points happen every day here in the US.
Moving forward into the mid 1900’s and beyond,… We no longer have basic single-shot weapons. We have guns that fire rapidly and without consideration to the crime being ’stopped’. Meaning, the gun rapidly fires five, ten or twenty bullets by pulling the trigger one time. That gun nor you, have any control over the crime being stopped. That gun doesn’t care that the second bullet would have easily and sufficiently stopped the crime. It just does as it’s told and dispenses a burst of bullets.
I could pause here as well and allow debate on just this topic. Some will not pause and will hold solid on their opinions of the above points. Which is sad. Because if anything we should always strive to learn from each other and our history. With our interests to be the best country for our citizens as we can.
To some, it would not matter if the second bullet stopped the crime or the tenth bullet in that burst of gunfire. Because the criminal is dead. Ok. I can accept that. But not everyone feels the same way your or I do. And remember, your opinion is weighed equally to your fellow-American.
Considering even further advances in technologies. It is now possible to shoot a person at considerable distances. And with the use of a scope or digital technologies, one can strike a person or structure that is not even in plain sight.
We now have a situation to where some feel that a citizen has the right to own or carry ANY type of weapon. We have others that feel we should not be able to own or carry anything at all. And in the middle of this we have tens of millions of citizens being forced to make a decision to allow people to own or carry weapons or not to.
As you can see,… it’s not a simple decision such as YES or NO. Certainly you can appreciate the times have changed in those few hundred years of our independence. Weapons back in those days were written for their circumstances. They had no idea a weapon could be designed and eventually built that could destroy an entire city. Or one trigger pull may result in ten people dying. Or that someone not even in your plain sight can be killed blocks or miles away with the push of a button. And that’s ok. It’s wonderful that we’ve managed become such a wonderful nation of people with technologies that our citizens took part in developing.
As a people we need to stop and appreciate all of this. We treat this topic as PRO Guns or Anti-Guns. And it’s so much bigger than that. Look what we’ve become and what we’ve accomplished and a proud and generous people.
Now, I will lend my opinions,… I do NOT support any ordinary citizen being able to obtain certain weapons. I do not feel anyone needs a weapon that can fire-off so many rounds that they control the gun from the shards and debris trail it leaves. That was never the intention of our gun rights. Nor would I support an ordinary citizen to have the ability to shoot or harm another person that is not within their own sights. I do not think our guarantee of this constitutional right was drafted with the thought of a gunman being 250 yards or XXX number of miles away.
However,… I DO support the right to bear arms. Not only to bear arms. I do believe in the right to carry arms. And to have a full line of weaponry choices. Not merely the old western wheel-style-gun. Or limiting us to six shots or less. Or not allowing us to have fully automatic weapons.
Wait,… did I just say I would support us having automatic weapons? After I just laid out an anti-rally against spraying-gunfire weaponry? Yes I did. However, I think just as we have endorsements for vehicles we drive. A motorcycle, a standard car, a semi-truck,… all require different drivers license endorsements,…
I feel the same should be lent to owning / carrying a weapon. If you want to own a single action weapon you would require training, cleaning, etc of that weapon and then be required to test before owning that weapon. A different training and test for semi-automatic or fully automatic weapons, etc. And the same for the right to carry a concealed weapon. I’d like to know that everyone got to make use of their personal US rights but be trained identically in safety and use. (disclaiming persons with mental disabilities, medicinal, criminal or violent past history to be heavily considered)
We have some that will not budge on this topic. They are on both sides of this debate. And that’s entirely sad in it’s own right. Because the inception of this country was about sitting around and working out our differences. We have lost sight of that in simply just wanting to be ’Right’. It’s one way or no way.
My final opinion is that we need to always appreciate our constitution in it’s original form. And we should always error on the side of our constitution. However, if we do not acknowledge that we have ’NEW’ situations that our original constitution did not anticipate,… then we have a very hard road ahead of us in so many bitter differences on our political scales.
What happened to sitting around a table and talking things out and making reasonable progress? Stale-Mating an issue and pushing it off until later will last only so long. Until matters are resolved by the people. The people will get tired, disgruntled and disruptive. If anything,… we should learn from our search of independence. The exact reason we are here; where we are now. At one point, ’We The People’ got fed up with our Government and said we will take care of our own for the right reasons.
Voila! America was born. A few hundred years later and we are again at a stale-mate. In the past, as a people, we asked. We sometimes even begged. Then we took matters into our own hands to make a perfect society that worked for the people. And further represented ’We The People’.
Our representatives will pay dearly for not making tough negotiating debates. Give a little here. Give a little there. We don’t ask our representatives to win all the time. We ask them to have a spine and listen to ’We’ and not what a Government says it will allow us. Eventually, ’We’ will make our own decisions with or without our representative(s). And that’s sad on more than one level. Two hundred years and we still remain ignorant and show our immaturity in our political stale-mates. ’We’ are seeing juvenile antics used by our representatives at all political levels. To look good and to be right. ’We’ don’t care if you look good. ’We’ do not care if you are right. Just go forth with passion and pride from the people that elected you to represent them. That’s all.
In final,… I acknowledge the HUGE impact this would result in. Citizens can not expect our Government to tear up our Constitution and start over. Nor can we allow them to revise it. Right? So, in standing up for some politicians. This is NOT an easy process. Once you begin changing or assuming meaning from our original Constitution then everything can be edited. It’s a very difficult challenge. But ignoring that we have to do what’s right for the people in this era; right now,… has to be done.
These are my thoughts, I now welcome yours. I do not typically reply to my posts.