The Second Amendment

It has been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that! I’ve been busy working on my Christian Heresiology site. Like this site, Christian Heresiology is now on WordPress. Click here if you would like to see what it looks like. I am quite pleased with the results so far. There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is up and running and that is what matters most to me. 🙂

So, what shall we talk about today? I had thought about doing another installment of my “The Madness of King Donald” series, but that idiot gets enough attention as it is. He doesn’t need any help from me. What I want to talk about today is the NRA and gun control. Everyone on both sides of the issue keeps referencing the Second Amendment. I wonder how many of them have actually read the text, and I mean the complete text, of the Second Amendment. So, let’s start there.

Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine….
Article the fourth… 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.

That is a direct quote from the transcript of the proceedings of the Congress of the United States of America back in 1793. I want to draw your attention to the first line of article the fourth. “A well regulated militia.” So, what is the militia? Well according to the Mariam-Webster dictionary,

Definition of MILITIA
1 a : a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency
• The militia was called to quell the riot.
b : a body of citizens organized for military service
2 : the whole body of able-bodied male citizens declared by law as being subject to call to military service for

If you remember your American history, prior to the Civil War the United States had a very small standing army. If needed, ordinary male citizens could be called up for “active duty.” In the early days of the United States of America, anyone called up for active duty was required to supply their own weapon. That is why it was necessary for every citizen to have the right to own a gun. These days we no longer have that kind of militia. The closest thing we have to that kind of militia is the National Guard and they are not required to supply their own weapons. The government supplies whatever they need.

Also, back in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, families often had to hunt their own meat. There were no supermarkets or butcher shops where you could go buy a few pounds of hamburger, some pork chops, chicken leg quarters, or boneless/skinless chicken breasts. You either raised your own livestock or you hunted. How many of you actually depend on hunting to provide meat for your dinner table? Very, very few. How many of you have ever actually field dressed or butchered an animal in order to prepare it for cooking? Again, very, very few. I myself have field dressed a few squirrels and butchered a chicken or two that I raised. Neither experience was all that pleasant and I seriously doubt you would find it pleasant yourself. Most Americans have no conception of what is involved in getting an animal from the farm to the supermarket. I suspect that many of them would become vegetarians if they knew what was involved.

So, no militia and no hunting out of necessity. Why do we need to hold guns? And more importantly, why do we need private citizens owning military style weapons? So, you go hunting for sport. That’s cool. I’ve done that myself a time or two. But do you really need a semi-automatic or automatic assault rifle to hunt Bambi and his mother? Or a wild turkey? Maybe there are killer squirrels out there? The only reason that anyone not in the military or in law enforcement would need, and I use the word loosely, an assault rifle is to become the gunman in a mass shooting. Yes, it is people that kill people and not guns. But why make it easy for them? Do you really think the gunman at Parkland High School would have killed 17 students with a muzzle loading rifle or a bolt action rifle or even a pump action shotgun? I doubt it. What about that lunatic in Las Vegas? I think the answer is self-evident.

Like I said above, I have done some hunting in my time. I have even owned a few guns myself. A double-barreled shotgun, a pump actions shotgun, a 22-caliber rifle that held nine shots, I think. I even owned a 9 mm 1917 German Mauser sniper rifle that had been converted to a hunting rifle. The magazine on that only held five shots. I rarely had more than two or three bullets in the magazine. If I can’t hit a deer with three shots, I need to get out of the woods before I kill somebody. I suspect a lot of the “hunters” who own these assault rifles do so because they couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with a bazooka. They need to spray the woods with lots of bullets to have any hope of hitting something.

Enough ranting. It’s time both sides of the gun control issue exercised some good old common sense and held a civil discourse on the issue. It is time the NRA stopped acting as if they represented the majority of Americans. They may, or they may not, represent the majority of gun owners, but I doubt that the majority of Americans are gun owners. I suspect gun owners are a minority in this country. Yes, the rights of the minority do need to be respected and I have no problem with someone owning a hunting rifle. I do have a problem if I have neighbors who own assault rifles. It is time that the NRA and the gun manufacturers in this country showed some moral responsibility and moral culpability. I think that the NRA and the gun manufacturers are morally culpable for all the mass murders committed with assault rifles or any other automatic weapon. Maybe the courts should start seeing it that way also. I wonder how quickly assault rifles would be banned for private citizens if the courts started awarding money provided by the NRA and or the gun manufacturers to the families of the victims of the shootings.

It is now a couple weeks after I wrote what you just read. A lot has happened since then, some of that good, some of it bad. That March for Our Lives was definitely a good. That half-million or so who showed up in Washington are, in my estimation, the hope of this country and of the human race in general. They showed a great deal of moral integrity and courage and we should applaud them loudly! These several shootings that have occurred since Parkland are the bad. It is a very deep, dark moral stain on America when people resort to violence to express their displeasure with someone or something. Just think what it would have been like had all those people at the march in Washington brought guns and started shooting. Talk about a blood bath!

There was an article on one of the Internet news sources about a judge calling for of repeal of the Second Amendment. That’s certainly would be one solution, but I’m not sure how effective it would be. After all, gun control laws don’t seem to do much good either. So, what is the answer?

I believe this country needs a major cultural change. We seem to be in love with violence as a solution to life’s problems. Just look at what they show on TV, in the movie, in video games and even in children’s toys. We need to stop glorifying violence. Violence solves nothing. As Jesus said to Peter, “those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” That goes for guns as well. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.” We are well on our way to making the whole world blind and I doubt that Jesus has enough miracles up his sleeve to restore everyone’s sight. Besides, it is time that the human race grew up and started taking responsibility for fixing its own mistakes. Stop blaming the devil or whoever. This is our fault and we need to fix it before it is too late.

Peace and love!
John

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