“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 second amendment. You can dissect it, interpret it, twist and shout. The facts are this. When it was written, a militia was made up of citizens. The revolutionary war was won because of those citizens. The founders recognized this fact and made sure that the people would always have the ability and means to protect their freedom, no matter from where the danger came. But this can be argued forever. SCOTUS can study this and render an opinion, but like Roe v Wade, there will always be opposition. President Obama himself is for gun control, and in the past has supported a gun ban.
Obama on gun control:
“Hale DeMar, a 52-year-old Wilmette resident, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor violations for shooting, in the shoulder and leg, a burglar who broke into his home not once, but twice. Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges against DeMar.
“In March 2004, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2165, a law introduced in response to DeMar’s case, with provisions designed to assert a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions, such that self-defense requirements would be viewed to take precedence over local ordinances against handgun possession. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 38-20. Barack Obama was one of the 20 state senators voting against the measure.
“Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill. On Nov. 9, 2004, the Illinois Senate voted 40-18 to override Blagojevich’s veto. Again, Obama acted against the bill.
“On Nov. 17, the Illinois House voted overwhelmingly, 85-30, to override the governor’s veto and Senate Bill 2165 became law.”
How do our other representatives feel? Go here to find out.
Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) proposes “Extraordinary Powers” be given to the U.S. Attorney General to limit gun sales. Lautenberg has now introduced a bill that would give the Attorney General the discretion to block gun sales to people on terror watch lists. Once passed, this bill will give unprecedented authority to limit gun sales exclusively to the U.S. Attorney General. Once this power has been granted, it will be easy to amend for more sweeping gun control.
So maybe, instead of laws to prevent the people from owning guns and legally carrying them, we should provide an incentive to obey laws that protect the citizens from criminals. Gun control laws do not decrease crime because criminals by definition do not care about the law. Go here for statistics supporting this. Perhaps we should approach the problem from a different angle. Only punish the criminals. Now there’s a novel idea. Instead of punishing everyone, just punish the lawbreakers.
Florida has a three strikes and you’re out law. The third time you commit a crime with a gun, you go to jail for life. There are also the three degrees of gun violence laws. Use a gun, shoot the gun, kill someone, each holding a different punishment. But how many criminals are released after only serving a portion of their sentence, only to kill again?
The best gun control is punishment. A person who kills during the commission of a crime should receive a mandatory life sentence with no opportunity for parole, or be executed within a mandatory period in death penalty states. Or perhaps the venue of punishment should be changed. Prisons are overcrowded and too expensive. Why not a more military-style prison, in a desert setting, much as Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona has done. No air conditioners, no TV and a simple healthy diet. If our own military personnel can survive in those conditions, so certainly can our criminals. When the punishment becomes too uncomfortable, gun crimes will diminish. Incentives work. We don’t need more laws, just enforcement of the laws we have. Make sentences mandatory and prison conditions uncomfortable. Not cruel and unusual, just uncomfortable. Stop treating violent criminals better than our soldiers and veterans.
Gun control through better punishment.
Even the NRA can live with that.