"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
What a silly thing to suggest that a RIGHT is a relic. It's purpose is not anywhere in the OP. The purpose of the second amendment is this :
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the
People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such
form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
It is our right to alter or abolish our government should it become destructive of it's own ends. That was put in there as a permanent right, for a
reason. Should our government EVER become destructive of it's own ends. Should our government start turning it's guns on it's own people, well, we
may not stand much of a chance in this day and age, but damn it, at least with our second amendment in place, we would at lest have a chance.
Those who speak of destroying our constitution and abolishing rights are scared and emotional. And I do understand the fear when horrible things
happen like they did at Sandy Hook.
But the fact is, people who call for banning guns after such an event are ignoring the real underlying issue. You can ban guns, knives, baseball bats
and lead pipes, but a person dead set on killing, will pick up a rock and start hitting people over the head instead.
See, the real problem is the lack of access to mental health care in this country. People who need it, often times end up to far gone to realize they
need it and even then, many just plain can't afford it.
The problem is not guns. It's not. Guns do not load themselves, cock themselves or fire themselves. The problem is not access to guns. You can put as
many bans on them as you want. If a person want's a gun, they can and will get one, no matter how illegal you make them.
Just like the war on drugs... That failed and a war on guns would fail just as badly.
We need to focus our attention not on the piece of metal that we call a gun, but instead on those people who are clearly having issues and in this
society, are allowed to get so bad that they feel the need to do something so horrible such as shoot children.
Our society only stands up when a tragedy occurs, but the real tragedy is that we don't stand up and help those people who need it, before the
Our mental health care system is broken. It's time we stand up and yell for a fix to THAT problem.... But that's only if you want to focus on the
real problem at hand.
Popular or not, that is where I stand.
Peace and love