The Second Amendment – “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.”
Let me begin with the following disclosure, I am not a gun guy, never have been, never will be. Let me also offer this additional disclosure, when I was younger I shot and killed squirrels, rabbits, doves, beer cans, bottles and my big toe with a BB gun once. I am not proud of this fact nor are these moments’ fond childhood memories for me. I have never had a fascination with guns or pistols, I have never felt more powerful with a gun in my hand, I have never felt safer or more secure with a gun nearby. These are my simple disclosures, my points of view.
Like any document or statement (and for me this also includes the Bible but that is a topic for another post so don’t pile on just yet) the interpretation and truth of said document or statement is always in the eyes of the beholder. As I read it, this simple sentence, written 200 years ago at a time when having a weapon meant putting meat on the table and protecting your family from “savages” and redcoats, offers one simple right and privilege, not multiple rights and privileges. Additionally this right and privilege is tied to one potential need, “A well regulated militia” for “the security of a free state”.
I don’t want to take your guns or “pry them from your cold, dead hands”. Keep them, shoot the deer, ducks and turkeys scampering through the forest if that’s what makes you happy. But why does anyone need a collection of AK-47 type assault weapons? Why would anyone need a collection of 9 mm pistols? Why can’t we wait a month or two before we are able to purchase a weapon? How is having to wait an infringement on our rights? If buying a weapon is an impulse purchase for someone I would certainly want a waiting period to confirm that impulse is not violent (Dylann Roof).
I am tired of people being killed in gun violence. I am tired of people killing each other. I am tired of seeing parents cry on television because their child was killed by a deranged person with a gun. I am tired of the men and women in uniform who serve to protect our country and communities being killed. Taking guns away may not be the solution but having more guns simply isn’t the answer either.