Okay, so as we all know today there was what can only be described as a sickening mass murder in Connecticut, where some sick bastard killed 27 people, including 20 kids. This leads me one again to be led into a blind fury about one of the biggest flaws that America has in it’s constitution… the Second Amendment a.k.a. the right to bear arms. This is the EXACT text from the constitution
“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”
Several points immediately spring to mind from this.
So basically, what I can see from that, is that the amendment is outdated, being 221 years old. It’s also badly worded for today, given that it’s read in two parts. The first being that a well regulated militia is necessary. The second part being that people have the right to bear arms full stop. It doesn’t read properly in my opinion.
So what should be done?
I’ve thought long and hard… I think two things. The first is a change in the amendment. To take away the right to bear arms, but not ban it. In the UK we have strict regulation as to who has access to firearms. I have access, I went through stringent police checks for the right to do that, they passed me as sane and I can now legally possess a firearm. It also means, that while I keep my gun in my house, no one else can ever have access or even touch it whilst the firing mechanism is in place. In 3 years time, I’ll have to renew my licence to have the right once more. I think that by regulating the right to bear arms, as opposed to take it away completely. If you ban something completely it will only come back illegally… look at prohibition in the 1920s, that worked… NOT
Secondly I think that although the ease at which you can apparently buy a firearm in the USA is alarming… you also need to look at why this is happening. Is it a cultural thing? Are violent films and video games part of the cause? Are people playing Call of Duty, or Grand Theft Auto, and thinking that killing people is fun, why not try it for real? What needs to be done here is an education programme… educate the kids on why War isn’t as trivial as Call of Duty makes it out to be, and that if you do go on a 20 person killing spree, you don’t automatically get a helicopter gunship to command. This is real life, not a video game… if you own a gun you should know the damage it can do to not just another person’s life, but also the life of their loved ones when you accidentally pull the trigger on them.
So to sum up…
But at the end of it all… 28 people are dead. Never forget what happened. Learn from it, don’t sweep it under the Carpet America!
19 years and they still look amazing! #nativity #christmas
we were taking our math test and i turned around and
can we just talk about not only whatever is all over that girl’s face, but the guy charging his phone in the back and the kid on the right who looks like he’s in immense pain
this picture is like the perfect description of school tho
is no one going to mention the girl knitting a fucking scarf in the back
The girl in the green looks like she sexually frustrated
Please look after this bear. Thank you #paddington #childhood
Homemade candle! (at Barnes Stronghold)