Guns, Lies, and Videotape

canstockphoto2073214The 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.

Each time a mass shooting occurs, I often think about what our founding fathers would say if they were here about how people hide behind this amendment in defense of those who commit such heinous acts. Would they really sit there, watching the news and think “Yep, this is exactly why we needed this amendment.” Would they stand up at a press conference defending relaxed gun laws while watching the horror play out on their T.V. screens? Can we really sit here and say with certainty that the second amendment was written to allow people to have access to such destructive tools of death?

Let me be clear in stating that I think people should have access to certain firearms. Hunting rifles for example are guns in which I think people should have, so long as those using them are actually consuming the animals they hunt. If you hunt a deer, then my hope is that you consume the deer. While some would say that a hunting rifle could still be used to kill innocent people, it’s not designed to kill a lot of people very quickly. You’d only be able to get a few shots off before someone would be able to figure out where the shots are coming from and intervene.

I am also not opposed to handguns kept in home for self defense (though if you need more than a couple, I would question the validity of that). While I would hope no such need of a weapon would ever come up, I also understand that protecting yourself and especially your family is important. Even this type of gun would not cause the devastation we saw in this most recent tragedy in Las Vegas.

I know what you’re thinking. “This isn’t the time to discuss gun control and gun politics” but what time is a good time. We will mourn, we will heal, and then, soon, another mass shooting will occur. Again people will argue that it’s not the time to discuss gun safety. And again we will mourn, heal, and wait for it to happen again.

This. Needs. To. Stop.

Can we be honest for a moment? Assault rifles, especially fully automatic assault rifles, are designed for one purpose only: Causing as much death and destruction as possible in the shortest amount of time.

A pump action shotgun can really hurt some people, but by the time someone fires a second time, most people will have realized what happened and either cleared the area or subdued the suspect. It certainly would not have had the impact the weapons in Vegas did.

“But Josh, people can turn anything into a weapon. The planes on 9/11 for example. Or a car being driven into a crowd.” True, but these things were not built to be weapons. Their purpose for existing is not to kill. When used correctly, planes, trains, and automobiles function peacefully and enhance the lives of those who use them. What purpose does a gun have? To kill. To destroy. No, guns don’t kill people by themselves, but people with guns kill people. A lot of people.

“Well that’s only when guns are used incorrectly”. What other purpose does a gun have? To hunt? Well, that kills an animal. For sport? Skeet shooting? Is that all you are doing with it? Even still, guns were designed to kill and when used correctly, that’s what they do.

When a car is used correctly, it doesn’t kill.

When a plane is flown correctly, it doesn’t crash into buildings.

It’s pretty simple really.

If the killing of children in the Sandy Hook Massacre was not enough for people to realize that we have a real serious problem, then I don’t see any hope at all. We protect the rights of gun owners more than we protect the rights of children to be able to eat lunch. Do you hear me America? We would rather have our guns than feed children lunch! How can we continue to accept this!?

I’m tired of watching people die. Sure, the second amendment says you have the right to bear arms, but before it even gets there, it says to maintain a well-regulated militia. Instead of these pictures of this cool gun you got for Christmas, it’s time to start posting you with your militia-training buddies preparing to fight those who are coming to imprison you for your freedom (if you can find such an entity).

I know you internet. You like to tear down people. You like to be vile, and selfish, and loathsome. Go ahead. The comment section is open. And when this happens again, you can just come copy and paste what you wrote there in other comment sections because, unfortunately, I’ll see you again the next time.