No sooner had Christmas Day come to a close with the expected flurries of wrapping paper, friends come and gone, and crumb-filled platters bearing proof of sugar-cookie graveyards, than cries of “repeal the Second Amendment” began. Tom Hastings of Common Dreams, which bills itself as purveyor of news “for the progressive community,” authored the December 26th “Shoot Down the Stupid Second Amendment.” It all brings an interesting question to mind: What, exactly, does Mr. Hastings expect to occur if he gets his Christmas wish?
Hastings first points to the then-current top Reuters stories, which included four shootings; his words are coated in the electric blue indicating a link, so I click. The link takes readers to a Christmas-day news piece involving three individuals at a train station – and where did this event take place? Chicago, home of some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. Although the gunman has yet to be captured, the odds his handgun was legally owned are slim to none. And the remaining three? The second Christmas shooting was dealt by a pair of gang members during a robbery – also in Chicago. The third took place in San Antonio, Texas: a woman was shot and killed by her boyfriend, a man with a felony rap sheet including weapons violations. The fourth, of a man in Queens, New York, was also gang-related.
There’s a glaring problem striking down the Second Amendment to prevent crimes such as these: none of those guns were legally owned or obtained. The people committing these crimes are those who flout the law in general, and they will continue to carry guns regardless of legality, just as they do today.
The second link provided by Hastings regarded what he refers to as “the national movement against shootings of citizens by police.” The most famous of recent police-involved shootings is, of course, that of Officer Darren Wilson and Mike Brown. There’s no need to regurgitate those details; we know them. Suffice it to say, Wilson was exonerated of any wrongdoing by his own department’s investigation and by the refusal of a grand jury to give the green light for prosecution. The Christmas incident Hastings alluded to was probably that of Antonio Martin, a teenager shot and killed by police just miles from the on-edge city of Ferguson; however, Martin was pointing a gun at police. The truth of the officer’s statement was proven by the 9mm collected from Martin’s possession. A second officer-involved shooting took place immediately following the Martin incident when police were forced to shoot a man threatening them with yet another 9mm during a violent protest that formed regarding Martin’s death. Video footage was released showing the protestor pointing the handgun at police.
These are not incidents where police are going off half-cocked in Wild-West-themed shootings; these are incidents where police are being blatantly threatened and have no choice but to use lethal force.
I could easily spout statistics and proven facts about law-abiding gun owners, such as the fact that legally armed citizens stop more crimes than police do, also shooting twice as many criminals – and with a 2% error rate as compared to the 11% error rate of law enforcement. But, again, we all know the facts. Which leaves us here: would getting rid of Second Amendment rights stop gun-related crime? Put quite simply, no; inarguably, unequivocally, no.
[quote_left]”Were the Second Amendment to be struck down, crime would not diminish; it would increase.”[/quote_left]Law-abiding citizens don’t commit the crimes Hastings writes about; they prevent them. The people committing these crimes have an overwhelming tendency to come by their firearms illegally, whether through theft or by purchasing one off the street. Were the Second Amendment to be struck down, crime would not diminish; it would increase. The legally-armed citizens who use their firearms to prevent crime and protect themselves and others an impressive 2.5 million times each year – that’s 6,850 times daily – would no longer be able to provide such protection. Crime would gain a foothold the likes of which has never been seen here in the States, and all thanks to those currently making noise about the need to stop crime.
Sadly, people like Hastings are unlikely to be convinced of the ludicrous nature of their demands. Hastings refers to the U.S. as a nation that “fetishizes, lionizes, valorizes, idolizes, and sacralizes guns” (spelling is his). He is wrong. The U.S. is a nation built on many freedoms, including the people’s right to bear arms, but also another right, one he so enjoys: free speech, and freedom of the press, granted by our First Amendment. Whether or not Hastings realizes it, striking down one amendment would lead to the doing away of others, and the First Amendment would be among the first targeted. It was George Mason who said “to disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.” There is another way: take away freedom of speech. It was our nation’s first president, who was a valiant soldier and fierce fighter, who said “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
Our rights are more than ink on centuries-old parchment; they are the foundation upon which this great nation was built. They’re our ability to remain a free people rather than one living under the dictatorial thumb of an oppressive government. Take away those rights, and what are we left with? Nothing. Repeal the Second Amendment, Mr. Hastings, and you open the floodgates. Crime would increase, and freedom of speech would fall next. It is a match I would not strike, because I don’t wish to bear witness to the blaze to follow.
If you want peace, put guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Statistics back this causing a decrease in violent crime, making it a proven method for creating a more peaceful society. That’s how you will see peace; that’s the way to fewer murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults. And that, Mr. Hastings, is our path to a truly Merry Christmas, peace on earth, and goodwill to men.
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