Gun Control in The United States

2ndAmendmentPresident Obama used the recent attack in Orlando to talk more about gun control.

He’s said he’d like to restrict people on FBI watch lists from being able to buy guns. They’re already restricted from flying. That makes sense. Except it restricts the 2nd amendment to The Constitution – the right to bear arms. It’s not a privilege, like driving, it’s a right. If you don’t like The Constitution you have to change it, not just ignore it. If you feel people should not have guns, then articulate it and get it voted on to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Putting more power into the hands of the FBI that will restrict Constitutional rights of individuals without trial seems like a violation of some fundamental laws of The US.

There are many guns in the US as people. There are multiple plans freely available on the Internet to 3D print guns. Flame throwers are legal in nearly all states and available for sale. There are instructions available all over the place to make pipe bombs and explosives from commonly available ingredients (fertilizers, etc). You can kill an awful lot of people with your car. Guns are outlawed in cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago, which have massive gun violence problems. And in China and Israel, where they regulate gun ownership pretty carefully, people have been buying kitchen knives and stabbing people. So the idea of disarming people to prevent them from hurting each other seems problematic.

Some people question the sale of certain types of guns, saying they’re not for hunting, sport or home protection. This assumes that’s the purpose of the 2nd Amendment. The media perpetuates this regularly, such as a recent editorial from the NYTimes that said, “The sale of “modern sporting rifles” is a thinly disguised campaign to put even more military-style weapons in civilian hands.”

As with many arguments, part of the problem with the gun control issue is the two sides aren’t talking about the same thing. One side is confident the 2nd Amendment is for hunting, home protection and militias only. The other side is confident it is for all those things and to keep the government in check. There are even interesting debates into what the term ‘arms’ means and meant when the 2nd Amendment was written. The laws and debates over what types of guns should be legal, where you should be allowed to take them, if they should or shouldn’t be concealed, what waiting periods and training are necessary all make up volumes of laws that vary by state.

All of this is to say, make sure you’re framing your discussion on this issue properly to make sure those who you think disagree with you are real people, not imagined adversaries. The real people might disagree with you, but not necessarily for the reasons you think.


developer, writer, speaker

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: