Posts Tagged ‘Guns’

Bear ArmsYou may be calling this “trampling on the Constitution” and yet, it’s not meant to be. Almost three years ago I wrote this about the right to bear arms in this post:

When the Second Amendment was ratified, the United States was an agrarian nation with 3,929,214 people, according to the 1790 census, of which 694,280 were slaves.



The Second Amendment states this:

  1. a practical purpose, to protect people from thieves, bandits, Native Americans, and slave uprisings
  2. a political purpose, to remind the rest of the world that the United States is well-armed

I don’t think the founders of our little agrarian nation the size of modern Oregon in population had any idea what they were doing with regards to assault weapons. They were afraid of the fact that one in five people in the country were slaves and they could  easily overcome them, should they find the will. They needed to curb highway robbery.

Today don’t need weapons to protect ourselves from thieves, bandits and Native Americans. We’re not traveling back country roads by horse or on foot anymore where highway robbery was rampant. There haven’t been any slave uprisings in a while. I don’t think that France, Spain, England and perhaps Portugal are a political threat to the United States anymore, and the guns in our closets make no difference to their attitudes. Political enemies like ISIS actually benefit from our gun-based society.

And seriously, our armed citizens are not up to defending themselves against the U.S. military, should it turn against the people. We’d need F-35s for that.

Worldwide evidence is clear. The more guns there are in the populace, the more gun violence there is. You want less violence, you need to have less guns.

We need another amendment to the Constitution to fix this. It should make assault rifles illegal for ordinary citizens. Only law enforcement and the military should have those.

And what’s this issue with not having everyone that owns a gun have a background check? We have mandatory background checks for childcare providers!

And what’s the problem with a national registry of gun owners? We have national registries for credit card owners!

Seriously, I am not trying to “take your guns away.” But I am saying that it should be way, way, way more difficult for you to obtain a gun.

And here is the good part – this WILL happen. It’s just a matter of time. The will of the people shall overcome the political obstacles currently in the way. We’ll just vote them out of office.

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I am a volunteer for AFS, the leading international student exchange program for high school students. As a volunteer, I occasionally give rides to students to and from events, or from the airport when they arrive. I also participate in orientations for the students and host families, where I may lead discussion circles, or just participate for fun.

To protect our hosted students, who are between 16 and 18 years old when they arrive in the U.S., the United States Department of State requires that all AFS volunteers be registered anew every year. Part of the registration is a criminal background check. I just submitted my own information again to the company that performs that background check. AFS pays for this. The whole process takes about 3 minutes online.

To give rides and instruction to foreign high school students, the State Department requires that I undergo a criminal background check.

Yet, I can go to a gun show and purchase an assault rifle and a 100-round magazine without any background check. The State Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the ATF, they are all fine with this.


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The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but 50% of the world’s guns.

The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but does 50% of the world’s military spending.

We used to use 50% of the world’s energy, too, but that has gone down to 25% now, not because we’re using less or saving more, but because China, India and Brazil have stepped their energy use UP by so much in the last 25 years.

It boggles my mind that half of our nation (the conservative side) seems to insist that we cannot cut military spending, but has no problem taking away social security benefits from those very citizens  that carried us, and paid for us, and educated us, through the golden years of the United States between 1950 and 1970. Now they need us to take care of them, and we don’t seem to give a damn.

But by golly, we do have a lot of fire power. And nobody’s going to catch up with us on that!

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