*Disclaimer: This post isn’t to start a conversation. It’s not to attack anyone’s personal beliefs or preferences. I simply just needed to get my own thoughts out of my head to alleviate some frustration. But if you’d like to have an open and civilized discussion, I welcome you.*
I try not to voice my opinions on social media too often, especially ones involving tragedy and politics. As per usual, my Facebook feed has been flooded with left and right posts and reposts about gun control and mental illness. I find myself unbelievably frustrated with all of it.
I’m completely supportive of someone’s ‘right’ to own a firearm. But seriously? A semi-automatic weapon capable of firing up to 45 rounds per minute? That’s a tad bit excessive, isn’t it?
I feel that most people cannot recall, verbatim, what the 2nd amendment actually says.
“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.”
Context is everything, and people are refusing to pay any attention to it. Militia is an operative word here.
Definition of militia
1) a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency The militia was called to quell the riot.
b : a body of citizens organized for military service
2) : the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service
We have one of the most powerful militaries in the world, comprised of seven different branches. You, my gun wielding civilian friend, are not part of a militia. You are not being called upon to defend our country and freedom. If you felt so strongly about protecting those things, you would have signed up for one of our many branches of military—but you didn’t. The men and women who actually, willingly, and eagerly signed up for our armed forces are the people defending the security of our free State. Not you. There is no necessity for such a weapon to be easily accessible to the general public.
And let’s not forget that gun technology has drastically changed since 1789. Dudes had muskets and had to hand pack each bullet after firing. I imagine it was quite a process. In fact here’s a walk through reenactment for shits, giggles, and education:
Taking the Constitution at face value with no consideration for context of time and evolution is ridiculous. It’s the same premise as Bible-thumpers condemning homosexuality while eating a seafood platter in their cotton-poly blend t-shirt from Wal-Mart—but that’s a whole other topic that irks me. (And as a disclaimer to that one: I believe in God and go to church. I just don’t follow blindly.)
People claiming that it is a mental health issue versus a gun issue are selfish and illogical (and they’re generally the people who don’t think the government should fund health services such as low-cost/free counseling…). It’s absolutely a gun issue. Even if you must have a background check to purchase a gun, which in some states you don’t, depending on the type of sale, how can you guarantee that the seemingly normal and stable person buying the gun isn’t going to have some sort of psychotic break after purchase that sends them on a rampage? There are no guarantees, which is why there must be stricter buying regulations in place. (If you are more versed in gun laws and regulation, I invite you to educate me on anything I am incorrect about or do not understand.) You really want your gun so badly, that you don’t care if these mentally unstable people can easily access them too? Or perhaps you’re concerned that if there are stricter parameters concerning mental health and buying a gun, that maybe you wouldn’t qualify?
Another thing that has been really pushing my buttons are the people saying it’s a parenting issue. Seriously? Do they really think a good spanking is going to help? Like…really? I am currently studying sociology, which includes some aspects of psychology, and there is so much evidence to support that hitting and being overly strict with your child will do more psychological harm than good. You might get a subservient child in the short-term, but long-term, you may also be instilling a damaging darkness that leads to erratic and violent behavior. Here is an article from Slate that did some research on parenting styles that I am currently far too lazy to pull up myself, but I 100% agree with (Plus it is far better written than anything that I would currently put together): No, Lax Parenting Is Not to Blame for School Shootings
I think that’s all I have to say about that. Maybe now I will stop having arguments with people on Facebook…in my head.