More On Guns

Someone turned me on to Common Sense by Bari Weiss on Substack. Weiss is a journalist, writer, and editor. Common Sense was created with the thought that tens of millions of Americans who aren’t on the hard left or the hard right feel that the world has gone mad. Honest news for sane people brought to you by Bari Weiss.

We listened to a podcast/conversation about guns on the drive out to the beach. There is so much to say about guns in our country. In this country, the stats are insane. One hundred twenty guns for every 100 people. That says it all. Ownership has become idolized through the false narrative that owning a gun will save your life. You need to protect yourself. Instead of training an empathetic yet intelligent, well-trained police department that will protect us without violence. Wouldn’t it make sense to try and work on the latter?

Over the last few Covid years, especially after having a few years locked down to witness and see more through media, coming out on the other side of a pandemic has accelerated us to the end of a cliff. We are all sitting on the end of this cliff, waiting for a massive shift somewhere else. Unfortunately, the next big thing we will witness is more insane anger and death when the Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade.

But back to the guns. After listening to the podcast, and our fascination and love of firearms that are part of our country’s roots, I kept thinking about our founding fathers.

Perhaps the reason for the second amendment is quite simple. Suppose we could only talk to our founding fathers. What if England decided to come to the new shores of America and overtake their now gone citizens who rebelled against Britain? Indeed, that was their biggest fear. Britain ruled multiple countries around the world and still does. Jamaica is finally ditching the Royal Monarchy.

The idea was to add to the constitution the right to bear arms. Not only because of the wild west, but each citizen could own a musket (although most nonfunctioning)to defend themselves if the British came. A bit like Russia invading Ukraine. They need weapons. Each citizen/family became part of the army by owning a gun. It was purely a defensive move.

If the dead could only talk, I am pretty sure the right to own a gun was not meant to be used to kill children, to go on a tirade, to use in domestic violence, to get angry and pull it out and shoot randomly on the streets or in stores. Any way to bring technology to a place where we could find out just what James Madison, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton would say about what is happening in their country based on that second piece of the constitution? Just saying.