#21 Why I Think We Should Lose Our Gun Priveleges

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Remember in elementary school when your teacher would threaten to take away recess?  With some teachers it would be with a strike on the board, with others it was frowny faces, and still others would erase tallies on the board as the class became more and more unruly.  Sometimes these actions were taken because the entire class was out of control, like during the week before Christmas, but for the most part it was because of a few bad apples in the class ruining it for the others.  There were always the quiet kids sitting in the corner, doing what they were told and listening, that would lose recess because of the actions of others.  Similarly, I can remember in high school when the entire baseball team had to run miles on the beach, so much that some guys puked right in front of people laying out by the water, because of someone sticking gum in the vents of the bus on the trip down to Florida.  Yet again we all remember how the events of 9/11 and the horrible decisions of a few people resulted in all of us, even to this day, having to give up certain privileges in security and what we are allowed to carry on planes.  Cell phone bans in cars because of careless decisions, dress codes in businesses and schools because some people do not know how to conduct themselves in public. The list could go on and on.

As unpopular as this is going to sound, I think that it is about time that we adopted a similar approach with guns.  Despite the fact that the vast majority of people out there are responsible with them, I think that we should collectively have our gun privilege taken away.

I have thought about this for some time now and it has most definitely been influenced both by the recent events in Aurora, Colorado as well as the death of Trayvon Martin.  These two events are not the only reason I am writing this post, though. This is not a reaction piece.  In fact at various points in my life I have owned/possessed a gun and had little hesitation though much regret in wielding one.  Simply put, we have come to a point in time where I truly believe that we urgently need to control guns, even to the point that I would vote to make them completely illegal.

What Do I Think We Should Do?

To be honest, I do not know the answer to this question, but I have some ideas.  First of all I think we need to make all automatic and semi-automatic guns illegal.  I am sorry, but you simply do not need a gun that can shoot off rounds at that rate, and what happened in Aurora is a perfect example of why.  If you truly believe that you do need this type of gun please let me know why in the comment section.  Yes it can be fun to shoot guns, yes they can be collectors items and, again, the vast majority of people out there are responsible with these guns, but the fact that many people throughout history have not been responsible with them and killed people makes this, in my mind, a reasonable request.

Also, I think that we should impose heavy taxes on guns used for hunting (in conjunction with a ban on semi-automatic weapons).  Not only this but the screening process should be much more in-depth, and the waiting period longer (it took me all of about ten minutes to purchase a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in 2007).  In short, I think that it should be much harder and more expensive to obtain a gun.  I am not completely sure that these solutions would actually solve any problems (some say that gun control laws are not the answer), but there is no way that they could make the problem worse.  The best solution would be to make all guns illegal, but I know that would never happen, and I am willing to accept that.  Feel free to offer suggestions below.

What About Hunting?

I am willing to leave guns for hunting alone for the most part, the main reason being in their inability to fire an enormous amount of rounds in a short time frame (I would also be for regulating magazine sizes in guns).  Again, there are plenty of people that use guns for the correct reasons and they do not abuse that privelege.  However, as I mentioned above, I do believe that even hunting weapons should be heavily regulated.

What About Other Deadly Objects?

You may ask, “What about knives, cars, and other objects that kill people?”  Yes of course there are other objects that people have used to kill others.  Car accidents happen every day, and many people are murdered with knives as well.  In many ways I have no argument against this but then I think about the fact that guns really only have one purpose, which is to kill.  Cars and knives have many other purposes, many of which are necessary and so many people are willing to be more lenient when they are used improperly.  Guns were made to kill, or at least inflict massive injury, or threaten to do so and without them we do not really lose any great ability that we would not have without them, the same cannot be said for cars, knives etc.

What About The Second Amendment?

This is where it becomes a little dicier.  You may tell me that the second amendment gives you the right to carry a gun and that no person or government has the power to take that right away from you.  Though most of our ideas about the right to carry a gun are based on the second amendment I think that the argument is fundamentally wrong.

Have a look at the second amendment:

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 am by no means a constitutional expert but when I read this, especially in the context of the third amendment,

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

I see a law passed specifically within the context of a country fresh out of a revolution and wanting to guarantee people the right to overthrow a government if its oversteps its authority or becomes dictatorial.  Basically, it appears that this amendment is setting up the possibility to do the whole revolutionary war thing over again if needed.  There is no way that when this amendment was written that the founding fathers were trying to guarantee the right for a guy to carry a semi-automatic pistol with 17 rounds in the clip with him as he walks down the street, or for a man to have a house full of assault rifles in the middle of a suburban neighborhood.  This may be an unpopular opinion, but I simply refuse to believe that our current gun culture in America is what the writers of this amendment had in mind in 1791 when they were writing it.  So while our current laws give citizens extensive rights when it comes to guns, I think they do so based on a misinterpretation of the second amendment.

For more on guns, the Trayvon Martin case,  and the second amendment check out this article from The New Yorker.  I think it makes some important points and in a much more eloquent way than I ever could.

I Am Not Trying To Demonize Gun Owners!

Please understand this point.  I am not blaming you for anything, nor do I think any less of a person because they own a gun.  I am only trying to make the point that I think it is well past time that we undertake some serious attempts at curbing gun misuse by removing guns from society in general.

Wrap It Up Man So We Can Tear You Apart In The Comments!

Guns are too accessible in this country and I for one am willing to give up many perceived rights that I may have if it will keep events like the Aurora shooting from taking place, and probably even if it would not.

Not to sound too much like a hippy but I did write this post while watching a documentary on Bob Dylan and I cannot help but ask the question

How many times must the cannonballs fly before they are forever banned?

The role of government is to protect the people.  The role of a citizen is to promote the higher good. I for one think that much stricter  gun control laws would be a huge step towards both of these goals.

I promise I am not trying to start a fight, if you would like to discuss the topic please feel free to do so in the comment section.  Thanks for reading.

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