When England’s last catholic king tried to ban anyone who was not a catholic from having a gun, that was when the seed was planted for the idea behind our 2nd amendment. Since England was already a constitutional monarchy by that time, parliament passed a law or laws that kept the king from doing that.
When the people living in the colonies decided they wanted independence it was easy to fight since they all had guns and the people they were fighting wore red coats! Imagine what easy targets The British were against so much green!
A few years ago I spent 2 straight days shooting off handguns, rifles, and shotguns. It was with 3 friends. We went off to somewhere in the desert and blew stuff up. (When I say blow stuff up, I mean shooting up targets to pieces) I don’t remember exactly the calibers of all the guns. For just 3 guys, I owned no weapons, I thought we had a ridiculous amount of guns. As I recall we had at least 5 handguns, 4 rifles, and 3 shotguns. There was a 22 caliber handgun and rifle. Went you fired it it felt like a little more than a BB gun, both the 22 handgun and the 22 rifle. There was a colt 45 and a 9mm handgun too. The 45 had a good kick every time you got off a round but the 9mm was like a hand cannon. That and I bought hollow tipped ammo for that one and those things tore up the targets we had brought with us.
I know the two bolt action rifles were 30 somethings, like 30-06 and 30-30 something like that. They had a pretty good kick. The other rifle, not the 22, had a 30 round banana clip and was semi-automatic. That one made a good bruise in my arm pit 😀
The shotguns were all different types of shells we used. Something I learned was the number indicated the buck-shot size. The lower the number the larger the buck-shot pellets, and the more gun power required to throw that buck-shot. The 1 ½ shells kicked my ass. I stuck with the 3’s that I bought. We had clay discs and a thrower for them. I shot a decent 50%. They said that was pretty good for a first timer 😀
I got hundreds of rounds off both days. It didn’t suck but it is not something I imagine I will do again. Not really sure what the attraction is. I get that people are passionate about their guns and their rights, but there has to be a reasonable way for us to begin to make decisions that may not impact this generation but maybe we can create some hope that future generations will not be subjected to the random violence that can occur when guns are so easily available.
Okay, yes, there are many ways people can inflict violence on each other, but at this moment and time there should be a rationale conversation about how to limit the ability of certain people from owning certain types of guns.
Speaking of rationale conversations a fellow by the name of Larry Ward, a guns rights activist had this to say recently:
“I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history.”
The larger issue for us as a country to look at also goes beyond the gun culture that exists here. We are a war country. We have been involved in war after war since WWII. Making bombs and drones, etc. is big business. Those companies cannot continue to make money if we are not fighting anyone.
Oh, by the way, who out there knew we gave/sold weapons to Saddam Hussein when Iraq was fighting Iran in the 80’s or that we gave/sold weapons to the Taliban when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in the late 70’s.
Besides nuclear arms treaties, maybe we can have a world-wide conversation for everyone to stop making things that blow up other things, especially people.