“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.”
Well, I reckon that about says it all. Each “lawful” U.S. Citizen has the right to own firearms, period. So why all the hub-bub about curtailing or even abolishing the 2nd Amendment?
Before I get started, full disclosure…I am an NRA card carrying member.
One side of the political spectrum will state gun violence and the overwhelming cause of deaths due to guns. While there “may” be some truth in that, yes guns do kill (duh), but who’s doing the killing and why? Before I go into that let me show what’s REALLY killing Americans at an alarming rate.
So, firearm deaths are somewhere between driving and sex and way below booze. Not likely to give up any of those any time soon, eh? In fact when one of them was made illegal, Prohibition, it didn’t work out so well. And unlike everything else on the above graph, the number of firearm deaths are from mostly “BAD PEOPLE”, not your average, fairly harmless human being. Bad people use guns which is why good people need guns. The Government can’t be everywhere all the time, though I’m sure they would love to do just that and nobody wants them to do just that. So lawful citizens need their own way to self-protection and preservation.
That’s well and good and makes sense to me, but here’s another reason the 2nd Amendment truly rocks and why our Founding Fathers were quite possibly…geniuses.
The United States does not have the largest army (Armed Services) in the world, China holds that distinction, but we do have the 2nd largest, most sophisticated and highly trained Armed Services in the world. Bar none. And we spend more than anyone to keep it that way. God Bless America!
That alone would be enough to make one hesitate, but add in our unrivaled nuclear deterrence and you’d have to be an idiot or crazy or desperate to mess with us at all. But hey, there’s plenty of all of those in the world. So let’s give them another reason to pause; the percentage of firearm ownership in the U.S. far surpasses any other country in the world due to population and number of firearms per capita. Over 1/3 of the population owns a firearm, which is down from over 50% since the 70’s, but the amount of firearms has increased. There are now more firearms, legally owned by private citizens, in the U.S. then there are actual citizens. Yes!
Now I’m sure there’s some Think-Tankers out there, probably paid for by our tax dollars, that has all this data wrapped up and squirreled away somewhere, but it was just one of those thoughts that crossed my mind so I dig a little digging and the numbers I show depict such. There’s several estimates, surveys, and calculations out there, but the numbers are pretty much the same with +/- of say…1 or 2 % variance at the most.
112.6 Firearms per 100 Citizens in the U.S.A
What does that mean? It means we have more armed citizens in the U.S. than all the world’s armies combined. Granted the average American doesn’t own a tank or a fighter jet, but it still makes movies such as Red Dawn a ridiculous concept. And if you were to do the math (not shown here) the amount of firearm ownership per citizen worldwide, collectively, doesn’t come close to firearm ownership in the U.S. either. Remarkable.
So, with all the above said, why would anyone want to do away with this country’s 2nd Amendment rights? Well, I have a theory or two.
The first being, and this one both makes sense and at the same time does not…the aversion to firearms. It makes sense because several people do not like and have a fear of firearms, so I get it. They can be dangerous in the hands of the uneducated, the careless and the dangerous. A spooky proposition indeed. The reason, however, why it does not makes sense is because dangerous people could care less how you “feel” about firearms. They use them as a force multiplier which makes them stronger and more dangerous. That’s why “good and honest” folk NEED the same tools to counter the individuals whom would counter the safe and well balanced society most of us wish for.
The second theory is even more spooky and dangerous. What if…
There’s a proven, historical, and repeating fact…people in power want one thing more than anything else…to stay in power. And they fear one thing more than any other thing…losing that power. Now people in power historically only lose power because of a reoccurring theme…the collective peoples that have been wronged by them. The statistics I’ve given above do not show sufficient reason, as compared with other more disturbing data (like heart disease), why would anyone want to take away a Constitutional right. Maybe those scared of losing power to the people and thus losing power altogether, perhaps? It’s much easier to control a people incapable of protecting themselves and dependent of those controlling.
“well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”.
I don’t know, maybe it’s farfetched. Though, in my lifetime, I have seen and heard things that are much more farfetched that have materialized. And beyond that I have history to back me up. As did our Founding Fathers, I imagine!
At the end of the day, I would be surprised if the U.S. went the way that Australia did, voluntary turn in of firearms. I would hope not anyway. If there was a 100% guarantee that ALL the bad people in the world no longer had guns AND weren’t trying to either take advantage of and/or kill me and mine then I would absolutely consider the possibility of thinking about turning mine in…outside of hunting of course. However, not likely as we, as a people, are still collective infants when it comes to morality and the human consciousness.
That’s why I have these!
THE ONES AT MY OFFICE: Savage Model 10 .308, Colt M4 5.56, Saiga 12 shotgun, Springfield M1A SOCOM II 7.62, Sig Sauer P220 EOD Commemorative .45 ACP, Smith & Wesson PC Model 625 .45 ACP, Taurus Judge .410, .45 Long
THE ONES AT HOME: Remington 870 Express Super Magnum 12 gauge, Marlin Model 1895SBL 45-70 Govt., Sig Sauer P226 9mm, Sig Sauer P938 9mm (EDC), Smith & Wesson Model 649 .357, Smith & Wesson Model Governor .410, .45 Long, .45 ACP, Smith & Wesson PM MODEL 327 .357
In closing, guns (like motor vehicles) are dangerous and absolutely demand respect. In the educated, mindful hands they can be a very useful and lifesaving tool. Outside of that and all bets are off. Even the best of the best have accidents due to complacence. Always be mindful, educate yourself and others if needed. Hope that you’ll never have a need to use them in a hostile situation, but be ready to do so if necessary and do not hesitate!
Be Safe and Enjoy Your Constitutional Rights!
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