Classes resumed Thursday for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School for the first time since last month’s massacre in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six.
Dear Paul B Readers,
I am the bearer of popular sentiments from the populace, and it is NOT very logical. Actually, it is quite frightening. First of all, I took my favorite (only) son, Sam, on his first cruise. He had a fun-filled seven days, while I had some very relaxing sun-filled days, but some frustratingly troubling evenings. As a lonely bachelor, I roamed the bars (and I am NOT a drinker,) in search of a thought provoking adversary to solve the worlds problems and concerns. Instead of solving any problems, I discovered that the problems are more massive and serious than I had envisioned. Guns are entrenched in Americana. I had to speak to a few dozen folks to learn that. I live in the land of Northwest Chicago. I know two peeps who own guns and I am not friendly with them. My twenty or so close friends have no guns, nor have the majority ever even fired a gun. We are middle class, and we trust our local police to protect our skins and our homes. In the South, in Texas, in Wyoming. Kansas City, Oklahoma and even Virginia….yep…guns can be found in every house. I know I must be living in a cave, because everyone OUTSIDE of my tiny little enclave own many guns, but I was shocked that these peeps STILL believe that guns are necessary and rightfully theirs to own, regardless of this Newtown massacre. When these children’s deaths became center stage, I broached this uncomfortable topic with these gunslingers and I was totally blown away (pun intended.) “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” and “that’s why we NEED guns, heck the teachers should have been packing.” I spoke to an auto-body shop owner (who seemed quite astute,) who bought two more guns the morning after Newtown. He, his wife, and both kids (aged 15 and 12,) have guns. He told me that he wanted to have a gun in each room of his house so he could “sleep better.” I sat there with clenched fists, dry mouth, and a mostly blank, expressionless face, while listening to these U.S. taxpayers. Am I missing something? I asked most of these gun-lovers if they could envision a world “without guns,” and they thought I was nuts.
CARDINAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
The Early American Argument for the Second Amendment
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
– Patrick Henry, in the Virginia ratification convention June 5, 1788, argued for the dual rights to arms and resistance to oppression
Second Amendment of the United States Constitution
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution in the United States Bill of Rights protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms.
Recently in Illinois …
On December 11, 2012, the Seventh Circuit ruled that the Second Amendment protected a right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense, as an expansion of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller and McDonald, each of which referred only to such a right in the home. Based on this ruling, the court declared the Illinois ban on the concealed carrying of firearms to be unconstitutional. The court stayed this ruling for 180 days, so Illinois could enact replacement legislation. Currently, Illinois is the only state that doesn’t allow some sort of concealed carry statute for law-abiding citizens. Chicago, Illinois is currently the city in the United States with the highest murder rate.
Week 1 January, 2013, Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton (D, Chicago) is behind a Senate committee formed to approve limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, which according to the Illinois Rifle Associated would ban pump action shotguns, semiautomatic pistols and rifles, and 8-round antiques rifles like the M-1 Garand, the rifle used by U.S. troops in World War II. The session for Friday, January 4, 2012 was canceled, and the gun bill did not make it to the floor.
When a young man of 30 told me that he wants his 10-year-old daughter to be a marksman extraordinaire. with both pistol AND rifle skills, I just had to excuse myself. I am not a believer that more guns, or any guns are a solution. As long as people buy guns, leave them in clear sight of teens, kids or “peeps on the edge,” these guns will be in the hands of the unstable.. No gun….no problem. People are NOT responsible and CANNOT be allowed to purchase, collect and display semi-automatic weapons, pistols, rifles, Lugers, 357 Magnums, and the like. These guns always seem to fall into the hands of murderers. Those who legally own guns with their “permits,” often seem sane on Tuesday, and lose a job, a wife, a house, or become ill, and they can now “take out a schoolhouse of six and seven year olds.” I’m sorry kids, People AND their GUNS kill people…and the newest episode of mass violence is just the beginning. When will this stop? How many deaths will it take?
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