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history of The second Amendment

2nd amendment

History of the second amendment has always been a controversial subject  and depending on which party is in power the push will either be to limit/revise this amendment or surround the wagons to protect it from assault at all cost.

The usual catalyst for heated debates is a shooting incident in a very pubic setting where a number of people are injured or fatally shot. The line is then drawn in the sand and the public takes sides.

One camp argues that if we were to repeal Second Amendment rights, the right to ownership, then no one would have guns thus eliminating such incidents from ever happening again. Those from the other camp would argue that if all citizens were to carry firearms then the criminals in society would think twice before attacking anyone.

This is where we have our usual stalemate.

The history of the Second Amendment shows that it was not enacted to give the people a new right, it simply is an extension of the inalienable right to defend ones self, a basic natural right that grows out of the natural right to life.

history of the second Amendment and its current Controversies

Newton School Shooting

On December 14, 2012 a tragic shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut that resulted in 26 people being shot and killed. Aside from the details of the actual incident it is always beneficial to look at what led up to such incidents to put things in proper perspective.

Many will simply want to look at the final tally and say that the degree of violence that occurred is all that is needed to justify action to repeal Second Amendment rights and forget about the history of the second amendment. How much longer will we have to put up with such violence, especially since this could have been avoided?

Right?

Here are the facts about the shooter and what took place prior to that day:

  • Shooter, Adam Lanza, shot his mother that morning
  • He took with him 3 guns
  • Earlier that year the principal installed a security system that required visual check and being buzzed in before someone was allowed access to the school
  • The doors were locked when he arrived
  • Adam used an assault weapon to blast a hole through the doors to enter the school
  • A report was later released revealing that Adam hated his mother and Sandy Hook Elementary. His reason for hating the school was because his mother worked there and he resented the amount of time she spent there
  • He apparently felt that she loved the students more than him

April 1999 - Two heavily armed teenagers go on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives.

Facts:

  • shooters were students Eric Harris 18, Dylan Klebold 17
  • they arrived in separate cars the day of the massacre
  • they placed two duffel bags each containing a 20lb propane bomb
  • when the bombs failed to go off they began the shooting spree
  • the teens had been planning for a year to bomb the school
  • all the victims were chosen randomly

December 11, 2012 - A gunman opens fire inside in an Oregon shopping mall, killing two people and wounding one. He then kills himself.

Facts:

  • shooter, Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, wore a white hockey mask, camouflage clothing and a bullet proof vest
  • shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • believed to be carrying several fully loaded ammunition magazines when he walked into the Clackamas Town Center
  • authorities said they remained baffled about what led the suspect to open fire in the mall
  • 2 people were killed and many wounded  before he took his own life

July 20, 2012 - A masked gunman kills 12 people and wounds 58 when he opens fire on moviegoers at a showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a suburb of Denver. A 24-year-old former university student is charged in connection with the rampage.

Facts:

  • witnesses were overcome by a noxious gas unleashed by the shooter
  • the gunman was armed with a rifle, shotgun and two hand guns
  • The gunman is "dressed head-to-toe in protective gear"- a ballistic helmet, protective gear for his legs, throat and groin, black gloves and a gas mask
  • the suspect makes a statement to police about explosives in his unit, investigators disarm all the makeshift bombs in Holmes' apartment, using a "controlled detonation" to disable a second triggering device. The explosives removed include more than 30 homemade grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline.
  • Holmes' psychiatrist, Lynne Fenton of the University of Colorado, told colleagues in June that he could be potentially dangerous to others, but before any action could be taken Holmes began the process of dropping out of the university

Summary of Guns and the second Amendment

This overview of the history of the Second Amendment situation in our country is pretty typical of the people who are involved in these types of tragic incidents. Time and again, on the part of the shooter, there is a past that is filled with torment, abuse, fantasy, or outright mental unbalance. 

If guns were not available to people who were of the same mental disposition it is not certain that we would not be experiencing tragedies such as this. It is safe to assume that they would have acted out their aggression using some other method.

The existence of hand guns and other firearms is not the problem. Controlling the process by which had guns are obtained is a better option. We take more precautions in issuing motor vehicle licenses than we do firearms. Using the popular logic of those seeking to take away the right to own guns let's apply it to cars. More people are killed by drunk drivers each year than handguns and yet there is no effort to outlaw motor vehicles.

Let's stop using the excuse that fewer guns would result in fewer people being killed. Lawmakers may try to outlaw certain types of weapons but should never be allowed to disarm the citizens.

In defense of the history of the second amendment, if guns kill people then;

  • I guess pencils miss spell words
  • cars drive drunk 
  • and spoons make people fat
  • cigarette lighters give people cancer
  • pipes blow up innocent people

In reviewing the tragic incidents I've outlined above you'll notice one common thread, those responsible for these violent acts were not in their right mind, either temporarily or from birth. There was some degree of imbalance either emotionally. spiritually or mentally. This imbalance was acted out destructively upon others because the perpetrators were hurting, again, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.

Once every human being experiences the redemptive work of Christ' crucifixion and resurrection and then lives under the government and benevolent rule of Jesus Christ we are assured that all such violence would cease to exist.

The bible tells us that the devil comes to "steal, kill and destroy". He is busy 24/7 creating havoc everywhere he can. He is mostly successful because he finds so many willing parties to do his work. In a fallen world like ours where the hearts and minds of men and women are bent towards evil unless they experience the saving grace of Jesus Christ this is what can be expected.

I am not saying that anyone who has not had a "born again" experience is going to go out and commit violent crimes. We are, however, capable of it. After all, these individuals were never seen by their peers and family, up until that time, as capable of such violence. How could they, they could never see into the heart of these persons. Jesus can however.

According to the Book of Revelations, when Jesus returns, he will put an end to war, death, evil and everything that causes us pain. He will establish His Kingdom here on earth and replace all current forms of government and social programs. There will be no need for reviewing the history of the second amendment since all men's hearts would be renewed and "every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord".

second amendment updates

Obama Acknowledges California Attack was an Act of Terrorism 

Report on Mass Shootings of 2015


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