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 affected 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 2015 (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:
- It was a caveat made at a time when foreign invasion was a constant threat, and when the household firearm was a musket.
- The constitution has NEVER been infallible. It was made to be improved with the times.
- 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 not 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.