The reasons Americans are allowed to own guns is because we have a right to do so. It is a
right given to us in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. It is neither
complicated nor lengthy. It is a mere 27 words.
“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.”
For a couple of centuries we have had debates about these words, but there is no question in
The first 10 amendments, commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights, is a list of “Rights”
given to the people to help get the anti-federalists to ratify the
Constitution. In the Preamble of the Bill of Rights there is a phrase that
better explains where are founder’s thoughts were at the time.
But remember the times. Americans had it up to their ears with the overpowering English
government; so much so, we waged the Revolutionary War and won our
independence. The founder’s were concerned that America might develop it’s own
heavy-handed government so they took great care in crafting our founding
documents to never allow the federal government to become so large.
In the Preamble, which explains the reason we need a Bill of Rights, there is a
sentence, “The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of
their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent
misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and
restrictive clauses should be added.” The “restrictive clauses” were
restrictions on the federal government, not the people.
Thus, the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment was adopted. The Second Amendment was
intended to balance the power between the emerging federal government, the
states, and the people. The people were, and still are allowed to bear arms to
defend their person, property and their liberties.
Now, after the insidious acts of a few deranged individuals, our right to bear arms is under
attack. We all want to end senseless murders, in that there is no question. We
all want to end the gun violence in our cities and neighborhoods, no question
there either. The question is how?
Taking guns away from citizens is not the answer. Benjamin Franklin knew that when he
penned the now famous words, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain
a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Those words, if you don’t
know, are also on a plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
Simply put, Americans have the right to bear arms. Those who abuse that right, lose that
right, and in that may lay the answer. We as a society and a government must
have a zero tolerance for gun violence. We need swift and powerful justice for
anyone committing a crime with a gun. Those who do must lose their liberties
and be separated from society forever, no exceptions.
Folks, we have gun laws, hundreds if not thousands of them. More gun laws won’t work for the
simple reason people who commit crimes with guns don’t obey the laws. Just look
at Chicago, a city with tough gun laws, yet has
more people murdered in their city each year than Americans who died in Afghanistan. Washington, D.C.
is not much better.
However, it is time we had a national discussion on ways to end the gun violence we hear about
nearly every single day. What type of civilized society would tolerate such
mindless acts perpetrated on fellow citizens? But before we just pass more gun
laws, further encroaching on the right to bear arms that millions of
responsible Americans enjoy, we have to make sure what we do actually does what
There have been a few ideas tossed out there. Armed guards in school… are you kidding me? How
about the mall, the post office, or the grocery store? What are next, our
churches? This is an act of damage control gone amuck, and do we really want to
live like that?
Ban assault rifles and large capacity clips? Will that stop the crazed perpetrator from
carrying out a mission of human destruction? Of course not.
We the People must do everything in our power to educate everyone about the sanctity of life,
the ultimate yet fragile gift from God. We also must increase punishments for
those who commit crimes with guns, sending a clear and unfettered message to
those who do. One strike you are out of this society forever. At the same time,
we must also be wary of a government eager to jump at an opportunity to disarm
the very people they govern.