Boom Boom Pow – The Second Amendment

Jul
28

The Second Amendment states “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.”  I’m not exactly sure why there is so much need for “interpretation” of this amendment as it seems pretty self explanatory.  The first part speaks of having a military to protect the freedom and security of our country.  The latter part clearly speaks of the right of the private citizen to keep a firearm.  Why is the Second Amendment one of the only amendments that always needs interpretation?

With the above in mind, the Democratic Party tends to push a great deal towards achieving gun control through gun bans and stricter gun laws.  For example, a bill was just voted against that would allow those citizens that were licensed to carry a concealed handgun to carry that handgun across state lines.

Why then is the issue of gun control so important to the government?  Is it because of the high crime rate?  Could it be another attempt for tighter control in general?  Let us explore the  issue of crime rate.  Studies have been done that show gun control actually elevates the crime rate.  On the other hand, reducing restrictions on private gun ownership tends to reduce crime.  Take the United Kingdom for example, which has one of the most extreme gun control measures of all the Western countries and yet, has one of the highest violent crime rates.  Even when in office, President Clinton’s extensive study on gun control could not provide conclusive evidence that his gun control measures reduced the overall crime rate in the United States.

So if it is not gun control laws, or the lack of for that matter, why is the crime rate high or considered high?  Well, the term high is relative depending on who you are speaking to.  Government tends to think the crime rate is high and that the high rate is caused by guns.  Is that really why the rate is “high” or is there another reason?  We must dig deeper and see where the rates are high culturally.  By that I mean, we have to look at the United States population as a whole and then break it down into cultural groups as does the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  These two non-biased govenment groups break the population down into racial groups and analyze the crime rates in that manner.  We will look at statistics momentarily.

President Obama promised during his campaign to pass stricter gun control laws.  A great deal of Obama’s speeches, at least in my opinion, always in up talking about race and how the blacks are being unfairly treated.  Take for instance, the recent arrest of Mr. Gates.  While this was a mistake in identity, Obama blamed it on racial profiling.  The point I’m trying to make is that while Obama speaks of racial inequalities quite often, he never speaks of how blacks commit the highest rates of violent (gun) crimes.  He still blames the high crime rates on guns in general and not the cultural aspect of society.  Now I’m not saying that whites or any other race does not commit crimes.  I’m saying that it is statiscally proven that the blacks in America commit a higher number of violent crimes that any other race. 

Now for the statistics.  The Department of Justice reported that in 2005 blacks commited 53% of murders in the United States despite being only 12.1% of the total population while whites (including Latinos) only commited 42% which represent 75% of the population in the United States. 

I really don’t think gun control is the answer to this situation.  Criminals aren’t going to obtain guns through a legal avenue  so how are gun laws and gun control going to affect them anyways?  Gun control is only going to prevent legal citizens, collectors, hunters, etc. from obtaining firearms.  How are we to protect ourselves.  How are we to hunt and enjoy the outdoors if we don’t have access to guns?  I  have a four-year-old daughter and I would like the opportunity to teach her about guns and teach her to shoot when she is old enough.  Here’s that famous saying:  Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.  And studies show, some ethnic backgrounds are more likely to kill than other backgrounds.

What is sickening is that people are charged with murder and sent to prison for protecting their family by shooting an intruder in their own home while someone that murders another person during a robbery may get  prison time but can easily get out on parole.  I can assure you, if I wake up to someone in my home in the middle of the night, I will definitely put to good use one of the 8 guns I have in my home.  I’m pretty sure the Second Amendment guarantees me that right!

 

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