Should Americans Abandon Their Rights to Bear Arms?

Since March 10, 2009 44 have been killed in the United States in mass murders. A total of 200 have been killed in American in 50 mass murders since Virginia Tech in April 16, 2007. (ABCNews, April 4, 2009)

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15 Replies to “Should Americans Abandon Their Rights to Bear Arms?”

  1. So within your goals of having a Utopian society, how would you outline your methodology?

    Being a serious question, what liberties would you, or would have to as a collateral effect, nullify or modify in order to achieve your ideal?

    Having read the article from Japan, do you contend, then, that banning certain firearms and guns would be a necessary precursor to an end result?

    By banning certain weapons, for whatever reason or specificity, can you guarantee your Utopian ideal would manifest and thus sustain itself?

    By banning said weapons, how can one guarantee his or her safety against those who invariably acquire weapons to commit their crimes?

    Let me refer to a line I wrote in a previous comment;
    “To infer that the existence of a thing inherently propagates an impulse that would not otherwise manifest had it not been available is without logical considerations.”
    You can ban whatever weapons society deems to be a threat, but what do you do to the human construct?

    Do you suggest that the absence of weaponry will disallow a violent impulse, thereby negating an act of violence?

    I assure you that I do not mean to infer that your opinions or ideals require justification or an apology. For I consider your cause to be of the utmost importance. With respect to the Constitution I offer this response;
    Originally there were individuals who believed the first ten amendments were not necessary, that the Preamble offered sufficient explanation and protection for all. Obviously, this was wrong, and lucky for us the first 10 amendments were added. So in this respect I agree with you, but to amend the Constitution by removing one of these amendments would prove disastrous. Additionally, to infer that words or actions offered some 250 years ago purveys little or no relativity is dangerous. Furthermore, to be disinclined to review the necessities of history presupposes they have no inherent value. To that, I also disagree.

    To state clearly, I believe you are doing great work, and your battle is far from over. But you have taken up the fight and should be considered a champion of its cause. To live in a society you dream of would be great, too bad humans get in the way!! 🙂

  2. Regarding your quotes, Benjamin Franklin said the first, 250-years ago; and John Adams the second, 234-years ago. Times have changed and so has our constitution! The idea that our constitution cannot be changed for freedom has been proved wrong! The U.S. Constitution has been amendment 27 times with the first 10 forming The Bills of Rights.

    I do not believe that the 2nd Amendment will ever be changed! It probable would cause the 2nd Civil War in this country, destroying all of us.

    Carter (2002) stated that, “Public debate and discussion about guns in American society are rarely guided by research.” (p. xxv)

        The more firearms circulating in a society, the more likely it is to suffer large     numbers of violent crimes, suicides, and accidental death. Guns are just another     weapon: Assault with a gun, whether inflicted by another or self-inflicted, is many     times more likely to result in death or serious injury then with any other weapon;Carter, Gregg Lee. (2002). Guns in american society. CA: ABC-CLIO

    The only use of a gun, rife, or machine-gun is to kill, hit, or destroy the target(s) it is fired-at!

    As for your knifes, it is not an issue in this posting. In countries where knifes have become a problem, their government have chosen to address them like Japan.

    I agree with you that we do not consider the threat firearms pose to the safety and well-being of the individuals, their families or society.

    Me working toward a safer and healthier society has been a personal and professional goal of mine since I started high-school. I am proud of that and owe no one a justification or apology.

    Lets just agree to disagree!

    The 2nd Amendment does not make me feel more secure. In fact, it makes me feel more unsecure in today’s times. We need metal-detectors in our high-schools to keep students and teachers safe. However, in 19-states professors need to be concerned in their colleges and universities which of their students is packing a gun, because it is legal. That to me makes no sense, nor diminishes my intelligence!

    Thank you for your comment!

                  

  3. I find it disconcerting that individuals are so cavalier with their consideration to dissolve a right afforded to us by the Constitution. Do any of you know who made this statement, “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety?” Or this, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” I find it funny that those who drive for the 2nd Amendment’s dissolution lack the requisite data to back up their argument that disallowing gun ownership will stifle violence, or at the very least preclude the consideration to commit a violent act.

    “I’m all for freedom, but freedom to shoot people is stretching that a little far.”

    This is subnormal reasoning, to presuppose the vast majority of gun owners purchase firearms with the intent to exercise a right to shoot people is utterly nonsensical. How many people are robbed at knife point? Do we consider banning knives next? According to your logic people who possess knives acquire them because they want to become Jack the Ripper. To infer that the existence of a thing inherently propagates an impulse that would not otherwise manifest had it not been available is without logical considerations. The human component, its psychological construct, and its deportment are all variables we selectively avoid when considering an act of violence involving a firearm occurs. You want to end violence and build a Utopian society where peace and love reign? Good luck. How do you plan to circumvent socio-political factors, culture variants, religiosity, and even our own vices?

  4. I think the right to bear arms should be abandoned. Just recently, a news anchor asked this same question to a caller and her response was stupefying:

    “Well, its not guns that kill people. It’s people that kill people.”

    I ride a vanpool consisting of women mostly, and almost all of them own a handgun, “I feel safer,” they say.

    Thanks for this post.

    Mama Shujaa

  5. No one can take away from the good your agent does for the poor!

    I agree that outlawing guns will not stop people from killing each other, but it would go a long way in decreasing the numbers.

  6. Certainly not. But how many people feed their families with the flu?

    There will always be someone that wants to kill someone else. Outlawing guns will not stop it from happening. When there is a will there is a way.

  7. Death by gun and drunk driving are both issues that need to be address. Because more people died of the flu than AIDS are we just to be concerned about the flu?

    It is great that your program feeds the hungry!

    Thank you for your comments.

  8. Here in WV our Dept. of Natural Resources sponsors a program called “Hunters Helping the Hungry”. This program provided 638,726 pounds of highly nutritious meat to needy families throughout West Virginia in the 2008 hunting season.

    While there may be a need for tighter gun control there is also a survival aspect to gun ownership in many parts of our nation.

    I’d be interested in knowing the comparison of deaths by gun and deaths by drunk driving.

  9. Excellent points! Until recently there were no games on the market that taught conflict-resolution. One of first came out of Israel.

    Thank you for sharing your insight!

  10. As a child I was always told the Violence creates violence and all through my life this is what I see on my travels around the World, both amongst children and grown-ups. Today this seems to be as real as ever especially now when we have the internet, TV and films where violence is depicted as rawer and rawer and crime is rising all the time, more often than not involving shooting.

  11. Thank you for your insight. As I travel outside of America one of the things I see we export is pathology and we as a nation need to become aware of this in order to stop it! Right or wrong we are a role model.

  12. Thank you for this post. Our country has been built on a consciousness of violence, and as it result, it is manifesting quite vividly in our culture. You can see it escalating in our schools and communities. Post such as these help to enlighten the collective consciousness.

  13. I’m from the UK and I have never understood the American right to bear arms. We have guns in the UK but it is far more difficult to get hold of one. I personally know nobody who owns one and only one or two who have ever fired one (and only then on a clay pigeon shooting range).

    It seems to me, from my limited knowledge, that it is not diffcult for people in the US to get their hands on guns. Maybe I’m wrong – but the fact that youngsters and college students can suddenly go on a rampage supports my theory.

    In my opinion, you guys should do something about it and make it more difficult to acquire firearms. The problem is that I would imagine too many people have them now (I would be interested to know the statistics).

    I’m all for freedom, but freedom to shoot people is stretching that a little far.

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