Saturday, 29 December 2012

The Second Amendment 1791

I feel sure that we all, or at least most, were horrified at the news of the Newtown, Connecticut gun slaying at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The death of 20 children and 7 adults would have moved most people, but since that day another 277 Americans have lost their lives in gun crimes. In just 14 days, more than 10 times as many people died as did in Sandy Hook (that’s more than 19 people each day). It is right to assume that America needs to wake up. It doesn't help that people like Larry Pratt (executive director of GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA) and John Lott (Author of MORE GUNS LESS CRIME) advocate that if the ‘sane’ people had more guns there would be less gun crime carried out by the ‘loonies’. Their logic does not bear arms, so to speak.

Personally I support the second amendment and support every Americans right under that amendment to bear arms. However, at the time of the adoption of the constitution (1787) gun technology was in its infancy. Muzzle loaders, ram rods and ball and powder were the order of the day. Now I think Americans who want guns under the second amendment (adopted 1791) should be allowed them, but only those weapons built using the technology of the time. In all cases of school massacres a muzzle loading musket would have reduced the death toll dramatically, probably even to zero.

The musket would appease the general populace and the gun happy NRA would have nothing to complain about. Their second amendment right would be enshrined in the technology of the day. It  is simple.

Your move Mr President.


Rube said...

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.
The odds of this administration doing anything about our gun laws are slim to none. The last time the left messed with the idea they lost the House and the Senate, so right now they are gun shy so to speak. Everytime there is a tragedy they take advantage of the countrys emotions and try to jam something through. This time they waited to long and they will fail. Oh you will hear a lot of bluster but they WILL fail. The NRA is more popular than the national media which is at an altime low and with the NRA at an altime high. They estimate that there are at least 250,000,000 million guns in the private sector and that is not likely to change. There is an average of 500 killings a year in Chicago alone but you never hear of them because they are Black on Black. Chicago has some of the strongest anti gun laws in the country but it has had little effect. They may get rid of 30 round clips and give the left a warm fuzzy but others will just go make them in there garage. I have been around for 76 years and trust me gun rights are now stronger than ever. I am a gun owner and my kids own guns and we are all responsible and trained. We have gun ranges that are maintained the the forest service. There are some loopholes that need to be closed but other than that this is how it will be. Bob Rubel from South Carolina.

Maffi said...

Hi Rube

THe figure is over 270,000,000 now.

YOu do only have 2.9 deaths per 1000

We have 0.07 deaths per 1000 despite our 'NO' gun laws and even so there are 3,500,000 legal guns in the UK

Thanks for stopping by Rube. Ciao

mitch10 said...

A great quote for the coming new year. Let’s start thinking more of others and less of ourselves. Nice post.

Maffi said...

Thanks mitch

Philip Chota Memsahib ll said...

What splendid logic, Maffi

Maffi for President--I am sure we can get a dodgy birth certificate saying you were born in the US

Please can I have a trip on Airforce One?

Happy New Year Maffi

Tom and Jan said...

Approximately half the annual gun deaths in the USA are suicides. In 2007 there were 31,224 firearm related deaths. In the same year there were 41,059 motor vehicle fatalities. Why is there no public outcry about vehicle fatalities?

Maffi said...

Phillip yes you can have a trip on AF1

Tom I dont know but if ever I write on here about car fatalities I will ask!

Bill Rodgers said...

In a nutshell, you think? the the good guys having muskets and the bad guys having semiautomatics is the way to go? Without eliminating all guns (isn't going to happen and really is impossible) the bad guys are always going to have guns. Laws only take guns away from the good guys. Also, the liberal press only reports (nationally) the bad gun incidents; you don't hear about the good gun incidents. (The same weekend of the shooting at the movie theater, there was an incident where an off duty police officer shot and killed a copycat attempt at another theater. No one died except the gunman. As far as suicides go, people will find a way to kill themselves if a gun isn't available. The unbeatable truth is, in America, gun ownership is up and gun related deaths are down.

Maffi said...

You obviously didn't read it Bill