I don’t care

I don’t care what political party you’re with. I don’t care what reasons you have for owning guns. I don’t even care what freedoms you think are rightfully yours.

What I do care about is every life affectedΒ in Baltimore, Maryland; Inglis, Florida; Roseburg, Oregon; Chicago, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Greenville, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Banning, California; Danville, Illinois; Shreveport, Louisiana; Norcross, Georgia; Fort Meyers, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Sand City, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Indianapolis, Indiana; Platte, South Dakota; Albion, Michigan; Newark, New Jersey; Baker, Louisiana; Los Chavez, New Mexico; Oscala, Florida; Rochester, New York; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Manson, Washington; Washington, DC; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; Dayton Beach, Florida; Columbus, Missouri; Long Branch, New Jersey; Muskegon Heights, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee; Macon, Georgia; Bristol, Tennessee; Smith County, Texas; Brooklyn, New York; Salinas, California; West Palm Beach, Florida; Moneta, Virginia; Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; New Orleans, Louisiana; Modesto, California; Pine Hills, Florida; Roswell, New Mexico; Durham, North Carolina; Starr County, Texas; Bennettsville, South Carolina; Fort Worth, Texas; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Orangeburg, South Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan; Forest, Mississippi; Houston, Texas; Blytheville, Arkansas; Gastonia, North Carolina; Barre, Vermont; Columbia, South Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; Baltimore, Maryland; Savannah, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; West Frankfort, Illinois; Rockford, Illinois; Hopewell, Virginia; Erie, Pennsylvania; Lafayette, Louisiana; Forsyth County, Georgia; Miami Gardens, Florida; Bronx, New York; Suffolk, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; Salem, Oregon; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Cleaveland, Ohio; Holly Hill, South Carolina; Stockton, California; River forest, Illinois; Jersey City, New Jersey; East Orange, New Jersey; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Syracuse, New York; San Antonio, Texas; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; Opa-locka, Florida; Venice, Illinois; Harrington, Deleware; Taunton, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; Greenacres, Florida; Manhattan, New York; Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; Roy, Utah; Lexington, Kentucky; Woonsocket, Rhode Island; Charleston, South Carolina; Miami Gardens, Florida; Milledgeville, Georgia; Camden, New Jersey; Fayette County, Georgia; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Deer Lodge, Montana; Buffalo, New York; Davenport, Indiana; Wyandanch, New York; New Haven, Connecticut; Springdale, Maryland; Conyers, Georgia; North Amityville, New York; Chester, Pennsylvania; Omaha, New England; Decatur, Illinois; Brockton, Massachusetts; Flint, Michigan; Montgomery, Alabama; Fresno, California; Arlington, Virginia; Kinloch, Missouri; Waco, Texas; Milwaukee, Wisconson; Anchorage, Arkansas; Tuscon, Arizona; Capitol Heights, Maryland; South Bend, Indiana; Menasha, Wisconson; Gila Bend, Arizona; Gates, New York; Trenton, New Jersey; Killeen, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Williamsport, Pennsylvania; Lumberton, North Carolina; Paterson, New Jersey; Phoenix, Arizona; North Rome, Georgia; Daytona Beach, Florida; Panama City Beach, Florida; Amarillo, Texas; Clarksville, Tennessee; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Lehigh Acres, Florida; Ybor City, Florida; Lancaster, Texas; Joliet, Illinois; Columbus, Mississippi; Navajo Nation, Arizona; Mesa, Arizona; Compton, California; Houston County, Alabama; Lillington, North Carolina; Brookhaven, Mississippi; Aurora, Illinois; Columbus, Georgia; San Bernadino, California; Santa Ana, California; Tangelo Park, Florida; Tarboro, North Carolina; Tyrone, Missouri; Habersham County, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas; Long Beach, California; New Port Richey, Florida; Crockett County, Tennessee; Douglasville, Georgia; Warrensville Heights, Ohio; King, North Carolina; Troup County Georgia; DeKalb, Georgia; Queens, New York; Omaha, Nebraska; Boston, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, Virginia; Wichita, Kansas; Tuskegee, Alabama; Lakeland, Florida; Hope Mills, North Carolina; San Jose, California; Moscow, Idaho; San Francisco, California; Roanoke, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia.

And, of course, every shooting BEFORE 2015Β (Source, I don’t care if it’s entirely accurate. You get the point). So please, folks, this isn’t about you anymore.

The right to bear arms is not in the constitution. It’s an amendment to the constitution. Usually (like, nearly every other time) that’s not a distinction worth making. But here it reminds us of a few things:

  1. It was a caveat made at a time when foreign invasion was a constant threat, and when the household firearm was a musket.
  2. The constitution has NEVER been infallible. It was made to be improved with the times.
  3. Whenever “justice,” “domestic tranquility,” “common defense” and “general welfare” are being violated, it is our constitutional duty to fix it.

Despite what I’ve said I’m notΒ calling for actual constitutional change. Just something that makes getting a gun at least as responsible a process as getting a driver’s license (you know, the other super deadly thing that everyone has).

I own guns. Here’s President Obama saying things.

14 thoughts on “I don’t care

  1. The second amendment is clearly about bearing arms in the context of “a well-regulated militia” at the time when the United States had no standing army. It’s not about traipsing around with a handgun stuck into your waistband or purse.

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  2. Guns empower murders to kill but removing guns doesn’t do anything about the murders. I’m not trying to be contrary. I don’t want to argue or win any debate but we allow the politicians to divide us for their own purposes and it keeps the people weak. We will never find solutions without first finding unity. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and it is the gun-running capitol of the U.S. with some of the highest incidence of gun violence. The crux of the issue isn’t about guns but corruption. It can’t be legislated away. It requires a heart change on the part of the people.

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    1. Please check your stats. Pet capita, Chicago is not what is has been claimed to be, and the reason for so many guns is because of lack regulations next door in Indiana. If regulations existed and were enforced, guns would be made much less available to those who may cause harm. Otherwise, yes, we need to address corruption and the general breakdown of society.

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      1. Exactly! And no one is saying we’ll fix it so that nothing will ever happen… there will always be stolen guns and crime. However, currently, what we have is no common sense in the laws. I believe people must “think” common sense is already in the laws and that’s the only reason there isn’t a mass uprising among people to make a change…I think most Americans believe their representatives do the right thing and common sense already is there, it just happens there are crazy people out there shooting. That’s dead wrong. We could have stopped these shooters with rechecks, but the laws are not there and people can walk into a gun show with no paperwork and obtain a gun. For some reason, our representatives are not making a change to close loop holes and check. The right to bear arms doesn’t say – just because you can own a gun, we can’t check to make sure you should have one mentally or have a criminal history. If you choose to be a criminal, then you’ve lost your rights. Those who have committed violence as of late, had issues which should have been caught and guns removed. When we read though, we find it’s really not already in the laws, it’s truly broken. I’m at a loss as to why more people aren’t outraged. Too much trust in others? Or just a general feeling that “it’ll never happen to me?” https://empoweredthoughtsblog.wordpress.com/

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  3. Government does not give rights to people. People are born with rights. Rights are taken away by government. The Bill of Rights, to which the 2nd Amendment is a part, specifically states that “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. It does not say the government hereby gives the right to bear arms. It is recognized at the outset that every person has the right to defend themselves without a government decree. The primary concern, BTW, of the founding fathers that had just broken away from the Tyranny of British rule, was not external enemies, but they feared the government would ultimately use force against it’s own citizens. As it has many times in the last 250 years.

    Also, your reasoning does not add up;

    How many people die in auto accidents each year? I do not see you listing auto accidents over the last year. Cars kill!!! Cars should be banned!!! If we eliminated automobiles, there would be many more lives saved annually than eliminating guns in the US. So, where is your outrage? Don’t you care about people? And, motorcycles?

    How about alcohol? How many people die of alcohol-related health issues (not to mention from drunk drivers). Alcohol kills. You mean people do not have the right to drink alcohol. Bring back prohibition!!! Cigarettes?

    How about sugar and carbohydrates? How many people die each year of simply eating too much crap food? Smoking? Motorcycles? Airplanes?

    At best, you are a hypocrite. If you truly cared about savings lives you would rid the world of automobiles, alcohol, cigarettes, carbohydrates, you name it, long before getting around to guns.

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    1. I haven’t said get rid of guns. I own guns. I’m advocating a more responsible process for gaining ownership. And I very much care about every issue regarding human life. Don’t attack me for what I haven’t said; if you have a legitimate argument over what I HAVE said I’m happy to hear it. Since I do care about issues regarding human life, I see it as an obligation to speak out when such an issue is brought to immediate national attention. Now (as for the part of your argument that actually has to do with what I’ve said) I side with Mr. Jefferson that the only rights we are born with are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When he said this he meant it for everybody, meaning those things apply to you only so far as they don’t infringe on anybody else’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Therefore, if the government tries to take away firearms completely then we have the right to fight in advocacy for our protection. At that point they ARE infringing upon our unalienable rights and need to back off. But by the same token the government has a duty to write laws to protect us when american citizens infringe upon the unalienable rights of other citizens (remember the first of those, life?). I have no delusions that there’s some perfect solution to stop violent people from being violent. I just hope we might be able to prevent a few more of those violent people from getting guns. If someone fails the driver’s test, they don’t get a license. If someone abuses their driver’s license, it gets suspended or revoked. Why can’t we craft gun laws to adhere to some basic principles of responsibility?

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    2. I would like to recognize your point, though. I deeply care about every human life issue you’ve mentioned and more. And I’ll prove it by covering those topics and proposing solutions as best as I know how. Don’t believe me? Just watch.

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    3. 1) The portion of the 2nd Amendment you cite is the portion heavily marketed by the NRA over many years, so it is understandable your interpretation may be affected. The whole Amendment reads: “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.” Please note that it starts with “A well-regulated militia”. No one is saying take away your guns, but they should be regulated and enforced consistently across our nation, which no, they are not. Also, “the right of the people” actually refers to that which goes before it (that’s how writing has always worked) which is “the security of a free State”. We actually have an official militia by way of the largest military in the world and now militarized police forces, so technically there is no longer a need for a people’s militia, but ~63% of non-gun toting citizens are willing to let ~37% of gun toting citizens have your guns as long as we do everything we can to keep them out of dangerous hands. All we’re asking.

      2) We may not have banned automobiles, but we do regulate their use (though we could do a better job at that. Comparatively, our testing measures are fairly lax compared to other countries in which I’ve obtained a license). Safety measures (i.e. regulations) with regard to automobiles are constantly added and have made a difference over the years in death tolls. Cars are also used by a majority of citizens who have the “tested” capacity to own and use them. However, as with guns, the prolific use of them – as you seem to imply – is a big part of the issue. The more cars on the road, the increased risk of accidents. However, this is a risk that our society, as a whole, has deemed worthy of our individual independence.

      The important distinction here is that automobiles are used for transportation. The only use of a gun is to kill, and though most might agree that hunting is an honorable reason for gun ownership, protection (which in the last 10 years has become the main reason for gun ownership, over hunting) is much less so given we actually live in a statistically safer world and society than ever, despite media coverage otherwise. This always leaves me to wondering – what are you protecting yourselves from? But, I digress. The real question is: Why do we spend more effort regulating the use of what we deem a necessity (I happen to be an advocate for public transportation as well, where most of our drivers would be the really good ones and not any citizen) than that for which the primary, if not only, use is to purposely kill something or someone?

      3) And if you hadn’t noticed, use of cigarettes has become extremely regulated. Alcohol, regulated. Air travel – omg, highly regulated and safety managed. I worked for one. You do realize the exponential gap between deaths by air travel vs. autos and even guns, right? At that point, I get that you’re just ranting. Most likely because the NRA has convinced you that we are coming for your guns, which isn’t the case. We just want them regulated, like most of those other actually useful things you mention.

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