The headline on 21 March read:
Big Changes to Ohio’s Gun Laws Take Effect Today
Stoked, thinking … finally … some common sense has ensued to limit where guns are allowed. But no … rather …
Anyone with a concealed carry license will be able to carry a gun in more places, including day cares
“When someone tells you, ‘Guns in day care. Well, why do you want that?'” said Sean Maloney, a pro-gun attorney for Buckeye Firearms Association. He says parents with concealed carry licenses face a quandary when it’s time to pick up and drop off their kids. “Think about how dangerous it is with us in the parking lot, arming and disarming ourselves, with people in the parking lot watching that happen — with kids, potentially, in the back seat of the car, and us leaving a firearm in there,” Maloney said. Maloney hopes day care operators and others will embrace Ohio’s changing gun laws, which create more places where legal firearms are allowed.
The horror of this leaves me nearly speechless! But then comes this …
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): Locked, loaded and signed. In August, North Dakotans will be able pack heat as long as they have a state ID for at least a year. It’s a new constitutional carry bill signed by Governor Doug Burgum who also already has a concealed carry license.
And then this …
More gun owners, fewer gun laws: Gun control legislation should be reduced within the United States, because the Second Amendment grants the right to bear arms, self-defense is a justifiable reason to own a firearm, and gun control does not deter criminals.
And then …
House Passes Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act: The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the House of Representatives today for passing The Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 1181), a bill that protects the due process rights of veterans, in a 240-175 vote.
The Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, which is anything BUT protection for veterans!
Okay … I have made my point. Gun phobia is alive and well in the U.S., and we are not getting any saner!
For those who will scream “2nd Amendment … 2nd Amendment” … here is exactly what the 2nd Amendment says:
“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.”
Nothing more, nothing less. Does anybody see a well-regulated militia around? Anybody belong to a well-regulated militia? What the 2nd Amendment does NOT say is that every man and woman in the nation has a right to carry a pistol into a church, bookstore, grocery market, or, God forbid, a day care facility! It does not state that every adult should be allowed or enabled to walk down the street with a handgun tucked into his or her belt. And NOWHERE in the second amendment does it give anybody the right to USE those guns, only to own them.
There are so many real-life instances of innocent people killed by the use of guns in the hands of ordinary people that I cannot even begin to list them. I am going out on a limb here, folks:
GUNS … DO … NOT … BELONG … IN … THE … HANDS … OF … CIVILIANS! Not today, not tomorrow, not EVER!!!
Let us take a quick look at gun laws across the globe, shall we?
- The guiding laws for firearms in Scotland are the Firearms (Scotland) Rules 1989 and the Firearms Act (1968). All handguns, semi-automatic and pump-action non-rim-fire rifles are prohibited.
- To purchase a handgun or other restricted firearm, a person must have a restricted possession and acquisition license (RPAL) for restricted firearms. Canada’s federal laws severely restrict the ability of civilians to transport restricted or prohibited (grandfathered) firearms in public.
- France: “No one shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords”, and very few exceptions are allowed. However, citizens are permitted to possess firearms for hunting and sport shooting, but only after submitting to a lengthy licensing procedure.
- Dutch gun laws are actually quite strict. Gun ownership is seen not as a right, but a privilege, with hunting and target shooting the only two legitimate reasons for owning a gun. Self defence is not regarded as a valid argument for owning a gun, and only the police are allowed to carry a weapon.
- Ireland: The Minister retains the authority in law to issue a Temporary Custody Order, which compels all firearms certificate holders to turn their firearms over to the Gardaí for a period of up to three months. Target shooting outside an authorized range in Ireland is a criminal offence.
Get the picture? Most people in the U.S. seem to think that the 2nd Amendment grants them UNLIMITED rights to own, carry, and USE their steel toys, but is it any wonder that other nations, and even some more discerning citizens of the U.S. are astounded by the ever-increasing rights of gun ownership?
Enter the National Rifle Association, aka the NRA. The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the U.S., and while they spend large sums of money to endorse certain political candidates, their real power lies in their ability to mobilize its 4 million members. Think about that. 4 million members. I commented to a friend recently that I believed some in the U.S. would give up their children before they would give up their guns. And after I thought about that statement, which was initially made simply as an off-the-cuff remark, I realized that it is true. Consider the case I wrote about earlier this week, about the shooting, as yet unexplained, of the 9-year-old boy. Those parents had their 4 children taken away by Children’s Services earlier, but kept their guns.
America’s obsession with guns often leaves me speechless. It is simply something I cannot understand. The one thing I do know is that the statistics do not lie … In the United States, the death rate from gun homicides is about 31 per million people — the equivalent of 27 people shot dead every day of the year. Is the need to be armed for self-protection as great as the NRA and gun advocates would have us believe? In a word, no. In 65 years on this planet, I have never felt the need for a gun. I have refused family members access to my home unless they leave their guns at home, and I have walked out of stores where I saw that a person had a gun on their person. It is the American obsession, and it is certainly not something we can or should take pride in.
Below are links to three articles that look at some of those statistics: