There is an average of 30,000 gun related deaths every year in the United States and that number continues to climb. Most everyone accepts that guns are a part of America, thanks to the Second Amendment to our Constitution, which gives everyone who is not a felon a right to protect their lives and their homes.
However, thanks to gun rights advocates, especially the NRA, guns rights have become much more than just keeping a loaded rifle or pistol around the house, or keeping guns for hunting. Now some gun owners have semi-automatic assault rifles that can dispense 30 and even 100 bullets before reloading, within a matter of a few minutes. Any experienced hunter can tell you that you do not need that many bullets in a magazine to go hunting for wild animals.
Four mothers from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America went to lunch together at the Blue Mesa Grill outside of Dallas to talk about organizational plans. Then members of Open Carry Texas, a gun advocacy group decided to show up with their guns, some of them semi-automatic assault rifles, strapped on, which appeared to be an attempt at intimidation. Perhaps I am wrong and the nearly 40 members of the group felt fearful for their lives from those four moms having lunch together and felt they needed some protection before showing up to stand in support of gun rights.
The organization the moms belong to was created after the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, at the Sandy Hook Elementary school where 20 small children and 6 of their educators were gunned down by a lone gunman who unloaded an assault rifle on them, mowing them all down in less than 5 minutes. These mothers send their children to school 5 days a week and surely, it concerns them that their children could be the next in line for a crazed killer armed to the teeth with powerful weapons that do not belong in the hands of ordinary citizens because those types of weapons were made for war, not civilian life.
Sensible gun controls are all they want. They have no desire to take all the guns out of law-abiding citizens' hands, just laws that can help keep guns out of the wrong hands and guns made for war and with large magazine clips out of ordinary citizens' hands. Unfortunately, to gun rights advocates, like the people who showed up at that mall where the four women were having lunch that day, any gun control whatsoever is too much. They feel they should have the right to carry their guns wherever they wish without restrictions, any kind of gun, and no matter how inappropriate.
As far as the NRA and gun advocates in Texas and elsewhere, no one even has a right to talk about gun control, let alone actually enact gun control. Guns should be available upon demand and there should not be any background checks or any limits on how large the magazine clips, because any controls whatsoever would be blocking their constitutional rights. I am wondering how long it will be before they include grenade launchers and rocket launchers as protected by the Second Amendment.
I have a hunch that our founding fathers would be turning over in their graves if they realized just how distorted gun advocates have changed the very meaning of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. In those days, a weapon was a musket, which had to be loaded after every shot was fired.
Sure, there is a sensible understanding that this is a new age and having a handgun that can discharge perhaps 6 to 10 bullets is not unreasonable for someone to keep in a safe place in their home to protect against intruders. Even a rifle that can blow a hole wide enough to take down an elephant is somewhat understandable, but why does a civilian need an assault rifle that can unload a hundred bullets within minutes? The only reason I can come up with is for mass killing, as they would do on the battlefield.
Maybe some people view America as a battlefield and even four mothers meeting for lunch to talk about sensible gun control laws is a dangerous place to show up without being fully loaded to the hilt with assault rifles. Perhaps instead, this group of people feels the need to show some intimidation to these ladies, to let them know that they had better watch out when it comes to talking about guns. That is because this is America and the Second Amendment right to carry a gun, overrides the First Amendment right to meet and talk freely, that is unless you are talking about more guns. It is always, guns and more guns for this bunch of brave gun rights advocates who decided to show up one day to scare off four moms meeting for lunch. Real tough guys they are, don't ya think?
This is a republish from my website: Fidlerten Place