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Guns & Society

Updated on January 7, 2013
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Well where to begin, as I sit here reading the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights I ponder what my rights really are. As an American, former military, police officer, and overall human being I'm trying to figure out the mentality of these people that think it’s right to take away people’s rights. Now I had this whole plan of researching statistics and comparing “what if” to gun control and it just became a huge cluster. But then I have to look back to the core root: what gun control really is. I've heard arguments in the past that state there needs to be an outlaw on automatic weapons. Now there's even people that say we should outlaw weapons altogether.

That right there is the downfall of this country. Why you say? It is if we outlaw weapons, we take away our right to defend ourselves in any case necessary whether it is protection, defense, or safety. There are always going to be nut jobs out there, which don't care about the laws of this country. So if we outlaw weapons then we essentially give this country over to lawbreakers.

Let's look to these examples shall we, rape for example. What if there was a ban on all weapons? A perpetrator is going to go out and essentially know without a doubt that that person is not armed with anything. That right there is unacceptable, because I see an increase in crime if the ban is implemented.

Now I know the main reason why this issue has popped up again. What happened in Sandy Hook was unfortunate, and horrible to say the least. I too am a father and currently have no idea what those parents are going through. What I do know is weapons laws were not an option. They were not an inkling or thought in the gunman's mind, and it was no deterrent whatsoever in this case. Accessibility was a question, but to tell you the truth, anyone anywhere can get a weapon no matter if you put background checks in it, or laws enforcing it. In my experience in law enforcement you'd be surprised what I've seen people acquire even in the smallest of suburbs. If you look back through history even just recently and look at all the gun violence that has occurred, it is small compared to the other issues out there.

All I can tell you is this incident in Sandy Hook was not in any way shape or form a normal incident. The situation goes in the books under domestic terrorism. It's no different than 9/11, Oklahoma City bombing, or any other act of terrorism on US soil. What happens in this country with weapons is heartbreaking and ruthless. But to tell you the truth I know hundreds of people that have weapons and every one of them is responsible, trained, and vigilant in using them if need be.

Now with all this ranting about anti-gun-control there still has to be protective measures implemented and responsibly owning and carrying a weapon. I still believe in background checks, I still believe in weapon registration, and I still believe that there needs to be a checks and balances system Incorporated with owning and carrying a weapon. My main argument in this this that there should not be laws and restrictions that would ultimately benefit the evil and leave the good at bay. If the government ultimately takes away a God-given right to anyone that has the right to protect themselves then there's a problem with the system.

You're probably saying what right this guy has to tell anyone about gun-control. I'll tell you this right now, I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and protect it from all enemies foreign and domestic. I've fought for our freedom to debate about these issues; I feel it is the right of every citizen in the United States to have their voice be heard. But I did not sign on the dotted line so that this government can take away our privilege and right to defend ourselves within its borders. It was our forefathers that made these Bills of Rights so that it limits the government and limits taking away our rights. In the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence they were conceived due to the fact that they cannot take any more of the English law, taxation without representation, and the country controlling everything in their lives. In closing I believe that all of our politicians and pro-gun control idealists should take a long hard look at themselves and these founding papers of this great country and ask themselves, what if something were to happen that there is a need for weapons and you're there without any. I know when I was in Pakistan I slept next my weapon every night, every night I felt safe.

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      Jonathan Williams 4 years ago from Gettysburg, PA

      Thanks Guys! Appreciate the feedback and your welcome radmaster. Will do it again in a heartbeat!

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      Excellent hub and it makes sense.

      You can't protect people from random acts of violence, as you mentioned it is a form of terrorism.

      Prohibition didn't work for Alcohol.

      Laws and restrictions don't work for illegal drugs.

      Bottom line, criminals make these prohibitions their product line.

      Thanks for your services, putting your life on the line.

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      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      As that old saying goes: "You can't have it both ways." Its essentially impossible to keep guns out of other people's hands due to ethical issues.