Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 9:43am
SOUND OFF: Is the Second Amendment Outdated? Would New Gun Laws Help Ease Violence in America?
Will the National debate be a swinging factor in the Fall’s Presidential election.
If I were ever to point at the one thing about the United States that makes it the best country in the world, its the fact that its not perfect. Our “Framers” created a very loose set of rules upon which to follow. Now over 230 years later we are still bound by these rules much like Christians are bound by the rules of the Bible. Hmmm…here in lies the problem.
Regardless of what party you affiliate with, you probably have a set of fundamental beliefs upon which you subscribe to. Those beliefs probably classify us as either conservative, moderate or liberal. This is similar to how people interpret their religious text. Conservatives follow the letter of the law to the T and the liberals are more open to interpretation and consideration of the era. Is there a right and a wrong? Well that’s the several century old debate.
One of the most fundamental laws of our land is the right to bare arms aka the Second Amendment. While the First Amendment (Freedom of Speech) defines our nation, many would argue the Second should never have been more than a bill and void of permanence. None would argue weapons don’t have the same place in society they did in the 1700′s but many place the same, if not greater value on them as they did then. As a New York City boy, I don’t regularly, check that have NEVER see a gun carried by an ordinary citizen legally. In West Virginia, where I went to college, it would have been abnormal for a family to NOT own an entire collection.
But gun violence is a PROBLEM. That’s a fact. This wasn’t the issue at the timing of the framing of our constitution it was back then. So do we still use the same treatment we did in 1776? Is it necessary for ordinary Americans to have access to all weapons, especially assault weapons made for the military? President Obama hasn’t yet taken a hard stance on stronger gun laws but one would assume he believes in them but may not be able to play that card just yet given election season. Which gives Mitt Romney the power. He has stated that its not the guns but the conditions and the individuals that need be examined in order to reduce crime. He has stated that this is an isolated case and we should be instead be focused on the economy. What do you think? SOUND OFF
SIDENOTE: I’m glad the issue of guns is getting some pub but I wonder if it were 50+ black folks shot at Lindenwood movie theater in Brooklyn, NY if it would have received the same National attention and received political equity.