A Friendly Reminder About the Second Amendment
And its not for hunting
The second amendment is now a hotly debated topic with the Parkland school shooting. Usually, people would get all riled up about gun control for about a day, then it would stop because the media would get bored about it. But this time is different, this time the students of the school decided to speak out against gun violence.
This is potentially a huge turning point for gun regulation in the US. It’s been over a week, and people are still talking about it. Shit’s happening. People are debating whether or not stuff like bump-stocks should be outlawed, if teachers should be armed, how far the second amendment should reach.
In every large-scale argument like this one, there are usually two polarized sides. The heavily conservative are arguing to arm teachers, which is a bad idea because that promotes the mentality that students are not safe. The heavily liberal are arguing to ban assault weapons or some kind of heavy-handed regulation on guns.
The main argument against assault weapons is that their only purpose is to kill; and they are exactly right.
The reason why the second amendment was added to the constitution was not to protect hunters and their guns, but to give the people the ability to revolt if they want to.
Revolting is an iffy topic that people commonly shy away from — nobody wants to have a revolt against the government, it makes them an enemy, unpatriotic, unobidient. But revolutions don’t need to happen to have an effect, they just need to be able to happen. Once a government cannot be taken out of power, it can do anything it wants with almost no consequences.
Shootings are bad, they shouldn’t happen and the Parkland school shooting is not something to be taken lightly. However it is mistaken that banning guns will fix the issue. If people want to, they will always have access to illegal items; even if a huge supply is taken out, someone else steps in.
The way to fix this is more coherent regulations; the type of regulation does not matter as long as it is along the lines of keeping gun owners responsible and making sure that someone is actually okay before selling them an assault weapons.
But common-sense regulations won’t be able to be conceived if we continue to argue in the same fashion as we are — if we keep constantly insulting the other side, and regarding their completely valid opinions as stupid and short-sighted. The other side will be less inclined to compromise as we are not as willing. We have to find a middle ground, there is no other way.