Time for the US to drop the right to bear arms

After the recent massacre in a school in a small town in Connecticut – which followed a shooting out west earlier – I think it is time for the US to rethink and even remove the “right to bear arms” as part of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, contained in the Bill of Rights.

This was an amendment to the constitution from 1791 – not part of the original constitution. As such, it was added.

Whatever laws that can be added can also be removed. Laws are always getting modernized to reflect the current times. This amendment is over 220 years old. Whether or not the court ruled in favor of the amendment (see below), the court takes their cue from the government laws. If the government says you can’t jay walk, the court enforces the law (unless there is a constitutional issue).

In 2008, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

Problem is that how many guns are needed to protect a home and what type of guns. In the case of the massacre in Connecticut, it was the mother of the killer who owned the guns and yet the killer used the guns. Were they locked up? Did he have access to the key if they were?

One of the guns was a semi-automatic. Clearly a gun like that shouldn’t be allowed by anyone. Any non-automatic gun should be sufficient enough to protect one’s home.

There have been too many massacres over the years and yet government after government in the US has done nothing. Most of the time, the government won’t do anything because of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA). Many of their supports are in government as well – primarily on the Republican side.

The Republican Party’s primary support is not in urban (i.e. not big cities) areas were few of the massacres have occurred but in areas of the country with small towns (such as in Connecticut this week). This is where you will find farmers and hunters that use guns for hunting and in some cases protection.

Whether or not all the facts in Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine were true but a few facts sticked out. First, Canada has more guns per capita, but you rarely hear of any shootings like this. Second, it was a bit odd in the documentary to see that you can open up a bank account and get a free rifle when doing so.

If the killer’s mother was still alive, I think she would have changed how she kept those guns or even having them at all.

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