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Your civil—not natural—right to own an M-9 or AR-15 is not more valuable than the right for American children to go to school without being slaughtered.
Let’s not beat around the bush. The right to bear arms is not immutable. The Second Amendment must be nullified.
Seventeen Americans died at school today in Parkland, Florida. There were no bizarre pathological agents, no dispersion of anthrax, no unexpected avalanche of snow blocking these lives from ever taking a breath again. A young man with a legally purchased AR-15 assault rifle walked onto a high school campus and initiated a killing spree. The Columbine High School massacre resulted in 15 deaths, including the two perpetrators.
Your right to own a firearm is not a God-gifted right. It is a societally-sanctioned right. No other country experiences mass shootings – at places of learning – like the United States does. The US can cope with its gun-loving history for sport and hunting under specially designated laws and robust regulatory regimes. A cultural or individual passion for guns should not be hindered by the government, but when that passion has interfered with students being able to attend school the government is in a well-reasoned position to interfere. Your right to own a gun is not more important than our kids’ right to go to school.
The Second Amendment had its time. When the British Army has lived in our homes and ate our food, the resilient Founding Fathers insisted upon the right to bear arms against tyrannical governments. Against unjust governments.
A U.S. militia would no longer stand any chance in fighting for its interests or rights by means of physical force. A U.S. militia can obtain no weapons, under the Second Amendment, sufficiently powerful to threaten the United States National Guard, Air Guard, Coast Guard and the rest of the military and intelligence agencies.
If a U.S. militia found grounds for rising up against a tyrannical government, AR-15s, handguns, and long-range hunting rifles would stand no chance against a force equipped with atomic weapons, the most advanced fighter aircraft fleet in existence, stealth bombers designed to outwit what was once the Soviet Union, submarines juiced with ballistic missile-launched nuclear weapons and aircraft carriers running on nuclear reactors that can run for 70 years with one stop of on-shore maintenance.
No amount of ammo stored in the back yard, or thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of firearms will alter this calculus.
If one wants to resist tyrannical forms of government, that is encouraged. Assault rifles and handguns are not the means for accomplishing such a task. The Second Amendment has exhausted its useful life. One’s –very not immutable and only societally-granted—right to bear arms was fine and good for a time. That time has passed.
Seventeen Americans died at school today. The incident would be sadder, or, shocking, if mass shootings at schools weren’t so commonplace.
There is a saying about the news that what you see in media reports does not reflect a trend of usually goes on, but instead shows what is by definition an outlier event. In the case of school shootings, the Parkland, Florida massacre received hoards of media attention. Of course, it was very lethal.
But importantly, the Parkland shooting was not an outlier; it did not represent an event that rarely happens. There have been 18 school shootings since the start of 2018, and 291 school shooting since the start of 2013, according to Shannon Watts, founder of the grassroots group Moms Demand Action. We are about 45 days in.
Almost 300 school shootings have been recorded since 2013. It feels uncomfortable, to the point of wanting to throw up, that in five years this writer must measure the number of times a person has fired a gun at a place of learning in the hundreds.
Not every school shooting is lethal and some of the shootings “just so happen” to take place at a school out of happenstance.
What do we stand and die for?
It would be ignorant not to consider what exactly U.S. service members died for in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Vietnam, Korea, the Asia-Pacific and European theaters of World War II, in America on our soil and at Gettysburg in the Civil War, and on our own soil against the British Crown at a time like this. What have these Americans died for?
Perhaps for their brethren, God, or country. Did they die for American values, like the value of freedom? There is a strong case that the answer is yes.
Liberty has its limits. If liberty allows maligned and troubled individuals to bring assault rifles to places of learning and carry out massacres, it is time to reconsider the value and price of liberty.
I have no interest in parties or politics. I do not see how stronger gun laws would end massacres like the one at Parkland when laws already exist outlawing murder. I have no care, for or against, the weapons makers’ lobbyists, the NRA, or the fate of the communities reliant on arms production for their sustainment.
Freedom has a price. That price has been paid in the lives thousands of men and women dying to foreign opponents. It continues to be paid. As of February 14, 2018, 3,481 troops have been killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 38 KIA in Operation New Dawn, another 1844 KIA in Operation Enduring Freedom, 13 KIA in Operation Inherent Resolve, and 31 KIA in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Out of respect for the thousands of dead American men and women killed by adversaries, I humbly inquire to myself and my fellow countrymen and countrywomen, for what America did they give their lives. If I do not ask this question I cannot not appreciate their sacrifice and service.
Was it the American values, individualism, equality, liberty, democracy, unity and diversity? Some active duty Marines have scolded me for assuming their service is aligned with an immaterial value. “Don’t thank me, I did this for my own reasons.” Ex-vets have even told of abhorrence to the built-in instinct of praise and gratitude for their service.
One does not have to go on a limb to suggest that no American dies for the liberty of a gunman to kill innocent Americans. This is the rule of law, that one cannot murder.
Create a new amendment nullifying the Second Amendment. Implement protocols for individuals to use weapons responsibly in secure environments. Buy every gun off the streets for a 10 or 100x mark up and melt the metal.
Our kids deserve better than this.
~ Stay Classy San Diego ~
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