It is sad, nauseating, disgusting, and depressing that I have to write this blog... again. Once again, a deadly school shooting dominates the news cycle. Seventeen kids died in Parkland Florida yesterday
, in what might be the new Valentine's Day massacre. Once again, a person who showed the warning signs
of being a threat was still allowed to have guns
, especially the kind that have no place in our society.
Already this year, there have been 18 school shootings
, and we are only 45 days into the year. That's one every 2.5 days. That is insanity. This is NOT what our founding fathers fought for.
The 2nd Amendment has been a golden ticket for the NRA and every yahoo who wants to shoot up trees in their back yard. The NRA has used it and any attempts by "liberal gun grabbers" to limit firepower (and/or access to it) to scare people into believing that only they (the NRA) can save the populace from being able to defend themselves. The Supreme Court got this wrong years ago, and we are WAY past correcting it, and sending the death merchants down a black hole.
The full verbiage of the 2nd Amendment is rarely quoted by the "my cold dead hands" types:
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.
The "militia" mentioned in the 2nd Amendment is referenced in the Constitution several times, including Article I, Section 8:
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
Article II, Section 2:
The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States;
Of course - this is all meaningless, since DC vs Heller
has neutered any common-sense interpretation of the Constitution. Since the SCOTUS has determined that owning a gun to protect one's home and property is a right, the only option to overturn that is a constitutional amendment to do so. That has as much a chance of happening as one that declares businesses aren't people.
Which only leaves creating laws that make gun ownership difficult and onerous, but not impossible, and/or limiting the type of gun one could consider to be used for "protecting one's home and property". That is slightly more doable.
There have been 239 school shootings since the murder of 20 elementary school kids at Sandy Hook school, with 438 shot and 138 kids and teachers killed. This of course doesn't include the non-school shootings (such as Las Vegas). How much more blood must the NRA (and the congresspeople who take their money) get on their hands before they reluctantly agree that regulations are required?
Don't answer that - I think I already know.