So there’s this image going around Facebook about the right to keep and bear arms. It says that it’s a challenge to folks to show their belief in the second amendment. Then it ends with the standard phrase “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Ugh. Groan.
So what’s the deal, if I don’t post that picture publicly does it mean I am a traitor and don’t support the Constitution of the United States? Just like if I don’t post publicly that I have the greatest son in the world will child protective services come after me and say I don’t love my kid enough? If I don’t post publicly that I support whatever cause someone is talking about that I am a heartless wretch?
No. That’s bullshit of course. Once again my private person and my marketer side are clashing. I get that social media is designed to raise awareness and I understand that, support it, promote it, and have seen great things come out of it. But I don’t like the tone of the message here. (Hmmm, guess that’s what makes it really social media then, right?!)
It’s the implied threat hiding behind false patriotism. It takes that redneck tactic of including “if you’re not afraid to show it” attitude. ‘Yella-belly’ socialists …. can ya squeal like a pig?
I do believe in the right to keep and bear arms. To an undoubtedly surprising number of people that does not make me a member of the Tea Party. It doesn’t even mean I am a Republican.
I know, you may need to take a moment to try to let that sink in … it’s confusing to what most right-leaning folks have been told to memorize ….
The blurb goes on to say,
“The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right of an individual.”
Um, ok, but this isn’t new. It’s not like this crazy group of Lamba Lamba Lamba-likes did something amazing and daring recently. (And yes, I went there, I dissed the Supreme Court. After you catch your breath and before the idea of my unpatriotic leanings makes you scream socialist at the top of your lungs and try to have me burned at the stake, the Constitution ALLOWS me to say that, too. So … suck it.)
Anyway, here’s the thing I believe in the Second Amendment. I don’t believe the Second Amendment says that established, documented mentally unstable people should be able to keep and bear arms. I also don’t think it says that even kids are allowed to have them. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t say that criminals should be protected to ensure they are able to buy ones that are illegal in this country.
I am pretty sure that the Constitution included this to allow the citizens the right to protect themselves, mainly from the overbearing government that keeps trying to their rights away. Hence the formation of this whole country of ours to ensure a land of freedom and opportunity. So … yeah, you can have guns and rise up against your leadership because that’s your right as a citizen as defined by the original objectives of our founding fathers for this country.
(Unless of course you have a decider for a leader who also has a bad ass enforcer since he’s too chicken to do stuff himself and at the first sign of insubordination, takes the one quail hunting and shoots him in the face, then gets pissed off that the public thinks he’s kinda a dick … well, yes, a dick, but you know what I mean, since that whole scenario is now pretty much a giant euphemism.)
Doesn’t mean you get a semi-automatic to hunt deer.
It also doesn’t mean you’re being denied your constitutional rights if you have to go through a background check to make sure you aren’t barred, legally, from owning firearms or for verification that you aren’t totally lying on your application to allow your married boyfriend to be around a gun he’s not allowed to be around to enable him to have access to this gun which eventually, in a foiled plot to kill his wife and family, ends up killing a police officer and wounding another before he is shot dead in front of his child he all but used as a shield.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mean that.
And then there’s that idiotic line,
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
Ya know what else? Meth doesn’t kill people, people taking meth, or hurt by others taking meth, or forced by others to ingest meth, or being around a meth lab accident, or being exposed to the remains of meth labs … that kills people. (Same argument, don’t even try ….)
I have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t mean that jerk offs and assholes aren’t going to do everything in their power to make it difficult for me. It also apparently doesn’t mean that the government will do anything effective to stop that behavior either.
The premise that those who constantly throw the second amendment in our faces harp on is that people will do bad things and it’s our right to protect ourselves. The talking points are based on the assumption that people are evil by nature and will harm you. The focus then becomes on protecting ourselves from that, not on working to end or limit bad behavior. (Like having to pay an increased car insurance premium to cover “uninsured motorists”, which is illegal in many states, but we still have to buy insurance to cover that …. effectively accepting, and paying for, enforcement and tracking which technically we’re already paying for.)
Road rage is a perfect example of that. I’m not in support of road rage, but something caused it, and that person is never at fault. Bullies aren’t stopped, unless they go after “protected” classes of people. Bullies grow up and still bully, and they’re not stopped.
So I’m not against gun ownership. I’m not against the Second Amendment.
I do believe that the laws on the books should be enforced, which they are not.
I do believe that checks and balances need to be in place to ensure proper education, training, responsibility and accountability are to be followed. Which they are not.
I do believe that people should act and be held responsible for their actions, which they are not.
As far as the phrase “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” goes, well, yes, they do: bare-fisted, by choking, by dismembering, etc. The point is, a gun is instant power. For those little folks out there with egos they can’t contain, and a gun is the only way they can be listened to, it’s a way to gain control over others that they have no other way of gaining attention.
I recommend everyone who doesn’t understand this (and everyone who does) watch the movie “Falling Down”. Michael Douglas is excellent in the movie, but the main character could really be listed as life on any given Tuesday.
Stop hiding behind the Constitution saying people are out to get you (on this one point and only this point, the rest of the laws you want taken away are for real, ’cause those terrorists, man, they’re out to get us every day ….). Just think it through.
Life isn’t a sound-byte. Stop memorizing rhetoric that’s designed to control you. Give up the Kool-Aid.
(Oh, and those people you’re quoting for … they don’t want to protect your rights, they just want guns.)