Guns and a Heritage Guaranteed by our Constitution
Our Right to Own Guns
We now live in a world where so many are fearful. I suppose the impetus for this fear which can never be ignored and will forever live in infamy. The terrorist attack to our homeland on that fateful September morning in 2011 was an act of terror we in the civilized world can hardly understand. There seems to be no safe haven where escape from those named and unnamed (extremists) possessing vile intentions whose sole desire is to inflict harm, kill, destroy and terrorize the world.The sad reality is that extremist groups and individuals who for whatever reasons that are deeply embedded in their demonic deranged mindset, are hell bent on killing and will continue to exist to inflict their venomous poison of hate in spite of all the efforts to deter them. This is not to say much has been done already but regardless, our world has changed.
More of a concern are the random shootings within our own country by "Americans." The shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and the one earlier this year in a movie theater in Colorado certainly tore the heart and soul of our emotional fiber of all of Americans. The senseless shootings and deaths resulting from mentally deranged individuals gone over the edge of sanity, has not only affected these families but everyone who hold human life and the peaceful culture we have enjoyed for over two centuries. We have watched shedding tears empathizing with those who have had loved ones taken from them, many who were children loved by moms and dads, brothers and sister.This type of grief is mind boggling and even our most sincere efforts fall short. We ponder these questions: Should there be stricter laws, more background checks, and limiting the size of ammunition clips. Where will the next tragedy happen and how many will be victims? The questions are hard and deserve answers but solutions that are logical and effective.
The debates go on. Special task forces given the responsibility to find answers. Even from the Executive office of our "President", new directives have been signed. It is good to debate and study these issues but will these curtail or even stop those who have a will to kill the innocent. It has been proven none of the laws in effect relative to gun control would not have averted the recent tragedies Do not these "new" directives impede or stop those who are bent on spending their venomous acts of hate? As Americans, we are guaranteed by our constitution to own guns. The second amendment to our Constitution reads :
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.
For the most part, we as Americans have always been a nation of gun owners. In the beginning the guns owned by our forefathers stood to defend and win a way of life that has become our heritage. Within my family lineage are those who fought at the Battle of Cowpens in a rousing defeat of the British, the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War. Like most males here in the Blue Ridge mountains, I grew up learning about guns. My dad loved to hunt and always owned a shotgun and a rifle. He rarely did any target shooting. The guns and ammunition were used to hunt small game lie squirrels and rabbits. We ate the meat and when not hunting, the guns were kept in a safe place where we as children did not have access. He taught me and my brother about gun safety and how to clean and maintain the guns in our house. As for me and my brother, our first guns were cap busters,BB guns and today my grandsons also have cap busters. As we grew older we were allowed to own a 22 rifle and shotguns.
Both my brother and I served our country and we were trained to use M16 rifles. We had to learn how to completely tear down those M16's, clean them and put them back together. On the battlefield during a firefight, our training would be our life line and our rifle and those of our fellow soldiers our first line of defense,
Today there are many who still enjoy hunting, shooting skeet and competitive shooting. These are sportsmen who have no intentions to ever cause harm to anyone. Those who hunt do have high powered rifles and most if not all have undergone special training in gun safety. In our county, there are private as well as public shooting ranges where those who enjoy shooting targets can enjoy their hobby in a safe environment. Local law officers also have a shooting range where they can maintain their skills. When studied the tragic events of recent days would not have been prevented by any laws currently on the books including Presidential directives relative to gun control. The guns used were legally purchased according to news reports by individuals who had passed all the required permits to obtain the weapons used by them to create harm.
Steps taken to insure more security at our nations schools and public places have become necessary and I think this is a good thing. Legislating more gun control laws does not seem to be the right answer. The more pressing issue of how to identify individuals most likely to use guns to inflict death to the masses is one that may never be solved.
- Obama Gun Control Speech Outlines 23 Directives He Will Pass: Assault Weapons Ban Included
Obama on Wednesday highlighted the streak of mass shootings in 2012, punctuated with the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
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