In the wake of the Sandy Hook incident gun sales soar as government officials prepare to debate the sort of arms American citizens should have a right to own. In contrast while adults clamor to buy additional guns and rounds of ammunition, young children are looking to buy something else. Backpacks that simulate bullet proof personal protection, apparently here children realize that adults are in reality helpless to protect them at a moment’s notice…. even with all our armaments.
What a sad reality we live in today and a terrible world we have inadvertently created for ourselves and that of our children. When we in society are helpless at present to prevent guns from falling into the hands of those who seek to harm us the most! As in all tragedies we have faced in the past, we have also looked to overcome the problem at hand and Sandy Hook should be no exception!
So let’s look at the guns we have and why we feel we must have them.
But before we begin this section of the article it is important for clarification purposes only this article is not intended to debate the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is what it is and was written for a reason for which this article will address. We as a free and open society do have a right to bear arms and no person or government has the right to debate or decide otherwise.
However a question does exist that we as a civilized society must address.
Semi-automatic assault weapons, most arguably the most deadly weapon available to the public at this time and a must have weapon of those who intend to inflect harm on the general public. For many they claim it is our right under the Second Amendment to bear arms no matter how many bullets the gun may be capable of discharging or the caliber of the bullet.
Bottom line, are they right? The Second Amendment does not define or put a limitation on what is the right to bear arms; therefore no particular gun is defined. However based upon the analogy put forth above and the rate technology is advancing eventually we will all be able to own our phalanx weapon system. Provided it is portable, shaped like a gun and it is to be used for one’s own protection. The reasoning behind such a statement although arguable…it does highlight an escalating concern as to when is too much or is there never too much of an alleged good thing. Society must decide at what point is this pre perceived escalating cold war which it has waged upon itself in the form of guns reached an unacceptable tipping point or at a minimum be accountable as a whole for preceding events. Until we can secure what we have there is no point in escalating this war by adding more guns in schools as the NRAR suggests.
Is it reasonable to assume that America has declared its own private cold war on an unseen enemy based upon the amount of guns the average American citizens presently owns? Obviously we are not using semi-automatic weapons to hunt or fish; therefore there must be a pre conceived concern to justify the number of guns we possess in American society. To what this concern may be, it could be anyone or anything, but for the most part inbreed into the American culture is the distrust of any government. To put it in perspective not even Americas own founding fathers of today’s government trusted those of future generations to fully abide by what they had written. In order to offset their concern and insure the government they had formed would remain that of the people and not that of the elite they added a historical notable clause.
Madison once said: “That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their Government, whenever it is found adverse or inadequate to the purposes of its institution.” To enforce this consensus they wrote 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.” It appears their intent has not been forgotten nor shall it ever be!
(For clarification purpose for those who may attempt to twist the point of this article, this article does not in any shape or form suggest or imply anyone to take up arms against the government we have in place! In addition this notation alone should tell you the reader about what some may infer in today’s society).
So logic dictates why is there this present day distrusts of government?
As government has grown so haven’t taxes and more restrictive laws. To many it’s beginning to sound like the British are coming all over again and they also feel that today’s government is out of touch with them as well as being incapable of administrating government as it was intended. As concerns or distrust are elevated, people feel they need guns to protect what little they have left. To foster this view, there is countless talk show hosts rambling on about politics, for which they themselves take little part in. Except to foster additional fear and distrust in an authorized voice and yet they offer little or no solutions to the problem. Is this a valid point, yes….polls show the majority of American distrust their own government. October 25, 2011, New York Times, “Not only do 89 percent of Americans say they distrust government to do the right thing, but 74 percent say the country is on the wrong track and 84 percent disapprove of Congress”. The numbers put forth to say the least are deplorable, speak little of the world’s greatest country and for the government at this time in history to debate we restrict guns is poignantly a losing battle.
Nevertheless, here is where we the people have missed what our founding fathers have intended us to do.
They intended us to take an active role in government and let our voices be clearly heard by government, not for us to hear government alone. Surprisingly to many, government is the most decisive deciding force in our lives, not the game on TV. Instead we have become complacent in part, arm chair politicians armed to the teeth ready to defend something that sadly most of us do not understand. This frustration and lack of understanding has been quietly instilled into our children and young adults. Young adults, who are troubled by the path they will choose to enter society, feel the need to resolve their anxiety by the use of a gun and only then it would appear they understand the full extent of damage they have done.
So how do we correct this growing problem in today’s society?
We must lead by example at home and in the classroom, violence is not the answer nor is it acceptable. In a complex society there are no easy solutions to problems we may face in life and guns when interpreted incorrectly by young adults or fantasied about, only create more problems for those we love. To bring gun into the schools is not the example we want to set for future generations, it only highlights where we have already failed. Schools are for education, a symbol of a better future and through education of our children we can teach them how to interact better with one another. Through communication we can resolve our differences, all we have to do is listen to our children and teach them more about how government works and how it should work, so that they will take an active role in deciding their own future. We have nothing lose except for ourselves.
Edmund Dunn, reporting