“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Yes, but when mentally deranged psychopaths have easy access to automatic weapons, guns really help in the process of “people killing people”.
Do not get me wrong, I am all for the second amendment. Every Thanksgiving my family goes out to our farm and practices shooting our handgun in case of a zombie apocalypse. My sisters and I shoot our rifles at clay pigeons in the air. My dad spends the morning duck hunting on our lake. However, what is one item we never need in any of these instances? High powered automatic weapons.
The overarching goal of these high powered guns is to annihilate a target by firing hundreds of rounds of ammo in a short amount of time. Sure it might be “fun” and allow people to “blow off some steam”, but at the end of the day, there are plenty of ways to blow off steam. Go for a walk, do yoga, work on a Puzzle- do not threaten National Security.
At this point, I feel it is necessary to address the rights of Americans. I fully support the second amendment and the right for people to defend themselves. However, there needs to be some sort of regulation when it comes to purchasing automatic guns or any type of guns for that matter.
Attacks and tragedies such as the one seen recently in Las Vegas are easily preventable. If the man responsible for these attacks had not been able to purchase so many guns, some of which had been altered to be automatic, the chances of this attack would have decreased significantly.
Yes, the second amendment allows for “the right to bear arms”, but do you think the founding fathers wrote the constitution with any idea of what a modern day assault rifle would look like? Considering the fact that the gun most common at the time of the constitution was a musket that could only fire three rounds per minute, I think they would be mortified when they saw the type of high powered guns legal in America now.
The bottom line is, times are changing. In the past, dated parts of the constitution have been amended to be cohesive with that day in age. If we followed the constitution exactly how it was written 200 years ago, women would not have been able to vote and slavery would still be legal. Can you even imagine how devastating it would be to live in a world like that? Well, take a stand and do something about it in order for our country to thrive just as our founding fathers originally intended.