We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. — Ronald Reagan.
Freedom is a dual-edged sword. In America, we have the freedom to do good or evil. Making laws does not change the mankind’s great propensity to do good or evil, but making laws can give you the false and very temporary feeling of safety. To some degree, Government can shape our ability to do good or evil, and depending on your political beliefs, you will fall somewhere along the belief spectrum of how much government regulation and control should shape your freedom to do good or evil. If guns are the problem, not evil people abusing freedom, then by all means repeal 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.”
If that is the answer, then it means that America has finally evolved or de-evolved to the point where we will never have to:
- take up arms to deter a tyrannical government (see Oklahoma Tea Party)
- take up arms to repel an invasion (see Red Dawn)
- take up arms to suppress insurrection or disorder (see Hurricane Katrina)
- take up arms in self defense (see variations on “the castle law”)
- take up arms to participate in law enforcement (yes, the police still carry weapons)
- take up arms to facilitate formation of a militia (there are militias other than the National Guard)
If we give up our Second Amendment, ask yourself who will be left to defend your liberty or the next tyrant when we have surrendered our rights for temporary feeling of security. Ask yourself how criminals or misguided people will be disarmed when we repeal the Second Amendment. Acknowledge the existence of evil. Hold evil people accountable for evil acts. Praise good people for good acts. Stop asking Government to regulate good and evil with silly laws. Instead, ask Government for the tools to fight evil and empower good. Above all, respect our freedom and liberty.