Last Updated on October 12, 2020 by Sydney Murphy
Part of the problem with guns in America is that at the core of the second amendment. I’m all for the second amendment, but it’s only 36 words that is driving our country crazy. When you read it carefully and consider when it was written, it’s clear what the founding fathers meant.
There was no army to protect the people, so the people were their own army. They actively needed to protect themselves while living on the frontier. The amendment was a way of putting the power of the people against the government in writing.
It was meant for militias, but now the national guard is basically the militia. Times have changed so our relationship to the second amendment should change as well.
It doesn’t make sense to have more than one or two guns. But you can’t even suggest taking away assault rifles these days. You can’t just buy a tank or a jet bomber.
You just don’t need these kinds of weapons. We don’t need to get rid of all guns, but they do need to be restricted.
I think it would be interesting to deal with guns the way we dealt with cigarettes. To decrease the prevalence of smoking, we focused on the damage they did to everyone’s life. It became a collective effort to publicize how lethal they were and if we did that with guns, highlighting the loss of life resulting from gun violence, we might have a similar rate of success.
We should sue the gun makers for deaths, like how we sued cigarette companies for lung cancer.