Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
The almighty gun, invented in China and elevated over the years from simple fireworks and hand cannons, to the semi automatics with no hammer control needed to fire, is one of mankind’s greatest inventions and the best weapon in hand to hand combat and a dangerous weapon indeed.
There have been many recent incidents of gun violence that has made international news from the US. There was a Sikh Temple where a racist started gunning down South Asian people. There was Holmes in the Batman movie showing at a theatre where he massacred many people with guns he bought legally. There is Raul Rodriguez who instigated and confronted his neighbor with a gun, over a trivial matter of music, and ended up murdering his neighbor, while trying to claim it is self defense. Then there is the State of Florida vs George Zimmerman, in which the defendant George claims to be a neighborhood watch captain (unidentifiable) and claims he shot and asphyxiated an unarmed teenager to death in self defense and led to the biggest petition on the change.org website with over 2 million signatures and massive international attention on a small town in Florida called Sanford.
This is bringing into question the issue of gun violence and steps to solve it.
Many are speaking of a better way to control guns.
Some are claiming better understanding of violence and how it begins.
Not a simple solution and brings into mind the second amendment:
“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 constitution speaks that a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of the free state so the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.
Because of the constitution, laws were enacted for gun licensing before purchase, therefore a regulated militia would be intact for the security of the state, hence necessary training and background checks for the usage and ownership of guns as they are simply for sport or self defense in America.
This brings into issue of gun control because as it stands, the guns are getting into the hands of criminals, crazy people, and law abiding citizens who simply shoot for sport or in self defense altercations, or for the crazies and criminal, they are being used to commit crime and commit murders.
How do we better take care of the second amendment and keep the state secure as stated by the founding fathers?
At present, anyone can get a gun, good or bad, and go a shooting and a killing. The present situation is doing a good job so far to prevent guns from going into the wrong hands but it seems easy for anyone to get one, from the good to the bad. It is much easier for a predator to get a gun to kill you, just as it is easy for a good person to get a gun to protect themselves, just as a criminal can use it to kill and rob.
How do we control it, so only the good guys have them?
It is a tough question and the security of the free world stands in hand. Canada and other countries have strict gun control and even they have issues with gun violence but not to the extent of America or other countries with gun violence problems. I def want the guns out of people’s hands who want to do harm to others but at the same time I would hate to be stuck without a gun when needed (however, I have rarely been in a dangerous situation, and even then I was able to take care of it with my bare hands or get away). It is a double edged sword that needs serious discussion as the second amendment asks for it, and the presidential election is coming up so debate is hot water at present.