There’s been so much going on in the United States about guns, including laws and rights. There are movements involving school students, and even attempted laws to ban certain weapons from the open market. I’ve been reading loads of articles and news reports, and even looked into school education about gun laws and the 2nd amendment. What I’ve found is deeply disturbing.
To understand my rant, I want to share the 2nd amendment, word for word.
“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 first problem is with modern education, which only states the 2nd amendment as “The right to keep and bear arms”. It doesn’t include, or explain anything about the reasoning behind or the full definition of the amendment. It doesn’t elaborate on the historical relevance of the amendment, or how its need has evolved as our nation has grown. In fact, beyond “The right to keep and bear arms”, the education system is alarmingly ignorant to the 2nd amendment, other than the detail about it allowing people to own guns.
The second problem I noticed, not only with education, but the entire situation as a whole, is the fact that nobody seems to know the actual gun laws per state and federal documents beyond what is shared by the media. This leads to the conclusion that they’re protesting simply because they’re told to do it, as gun laws need to be changed. This also causes another problem with the fact that there isn’t anything set in writing proposing what to change, and what is to come in replacement. It seems that peer pressure and drastic events are being used to push teens, complete with lack of knowledge regarding the issue and irrational fear, to accept giving up freedoms for the promise of being safer.
The worst problem is the fact that these younger generations are being convinced that the 2nd amendment is outdated and doesn’t apply to the present. This also falls in line with the fact that they only think the 2nd amendment is the right to own guns. They seem to also think the government is on their side, and will protect them. This is horrible, and very disturbing, to think how they’ve already tricked people to willingly give up rights for protection.
In 2016, the enacted budget for the military was 521.7 billions dollars. For education, 68 billion. Even if you add in the sum of infrastructure spending to education, you won’t hit a quarter of the military budget. This is why the second amendment exists, so that the citizens of this country have some level of control over their freedoms, and their safety. If the government turned on its citizens, and it CAN happen, those without protection would be forced to submit to military power. This has happened in the past, in fact, its how our country was founded. The second amendment isn’t outdated, as these military dictations happen all over the world even as you read this post. To say it can’t happen in the U.S. is to forget why our country needed to be founded in the first place. Oh, and if anyone for one second thinks our government wouldn’t hurt its own citizens, just look at the bloody trail our history has shown, from trail of tears, Saint Louis toxins, Detroit riots, Japanese-american internment camps, Waco, Dakota Pipeline incidents, imminent Domain cases in U.S. history, and it goes on and on.
Criminals don’t need or follow laws to when planning and committing horrible crimes. Guns are made all over the world, and every nation with bans on firearms has either a tyrant in power committing horrible atrocities, or a serious problem with illegal firearms. The worst parts of the U.S. for gun violence are ones with gun bans or severely strict gun laws, including Chicago, Detroit, New York City, and New Orleans.
In conclusion, the 2nd amendment is more important now than ever before in the U.S. It’s under attack by political agendas and ignorance, and it needs our help. I ask you not to believe what you’re told, not even by myself, without verifying all information on multiple unrelated or linked sites. The internet is a powerful tool, and used properly, you can get beyond the funneling and filtering of information. We need to teach our kids what the 2nd amendment is, whether we agree with it or not, so they can be informed and understand what they’re being pushed into by our government. Knowledge is the most powerful tool in existence, and younger generations are being denied this great tool. Look at the budget spending I listed above, and tell me that the priorities are in the right place. I think not. Do you agree or disagree?
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!