“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.” – 2nd Amendment
Authorities found 23 guns in the 32nd floor suite of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas. Several were assault-style rifles with scopes that appear to have been modified to convert them into machine guns. At his home in Mesquite, Nevada police found another 19 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
I get it, there are people in this world that like guns. They collect them like my wife collects shoes. But guns mean different things to different people. For some, believe it or not, guns are an investment and they own expensive safes to keep their investments in. Others use guns for hunting, or shooting skeet. Their interest in guns is purely for sport. And then there are those who view guns as both power and freedom. It is their constitutional right to “keep and bear Arms” and by god they are going to exercise that right. They see firearms as the great equalizer, protection against a world trying to suppress their rights and their freedoms.
I have zip, zero fascinating with guns. In my younger days I did some hunting, mostly birds, and squirrels. I have even spent some time at the crack of dawn sitting in a cold tree stand waiting for a deer to gently poke its head out of the woods so that I could fire a 30-06 bullet and blow its brains out. Thankfully that never happened. I don’t like the way deer meat taste, yes I have had it cooked every way imaginable and I still don’t like it, and I think they are beautiful and graceful animals. I haven’t fired a gun in twenty plus years but somehow my manhood has remained intact.
My view of the 2nd Amendment is very similar to my view of the Bible, you read into it what you want to get out of it. Want to find a verse in the Bible that supports segregation or the sin of homosexuality, if that is your intellectual predisposition you will find it. If you want to own 40 automatic assault-style rifles and enough ammunition to start a war the NRA’s view of the 2nd Amendment is very clear, you can and better yet, hell you should.
Of all of the Bill of Rights none have been dissected and picked over more than the 2nd Amendment. Honestly I don’t know if James Madison was simply trying to save paper and ink with the brevity he employed but what he ended up doing was creating a never-ending debate on the point he was trying to get across using just 27 words.
Here is thing, at least it is for me, in my mind the 2nd Amendment does not give nor does it protect the right of someone to own 40 automatic assault-style rifles. At some point the “common sense” rule needs to be applied. But that is not what is happening. As we speak Congress is moving forward on a measure that will make silencers more easily available, and make it more difficult for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to categorize some types of ammunition as armor-piercing. Imagine for a moment the murderer in Las Vegas using a silencer and armor-piercing ammo. If it appears that we are moving backwards rather than forward, we are.
So I guess we just need to get used to these deadly mass shootings, Las Vegas-59 murdered, Pulse nightclub-49 murdered, San Bernardino-14 murdered, Sandy Hook Elementary School-26 murdered, and Columbine High School-12 murdered. Apparently the price of freedom is more expensive, and more deadly than the founding fathers could have ever imagined.
“Guns make small men feel big.” – Oliver Gaspirtz