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NRA in perspective

I have been giving all of the mass shootings recently a great deal of thought. I was going to write about the shootings in Connecticut right after they happened but I was too angry and upset to even organize my thoughts. To think that 26 lives were taken and 26 families were torn apart because some deranged person decided to go on a shooting rampage is beyond my comprehension.

Actually what is really beyond my comprehension is people’s fondness for guns. I understand that hunting is needed in some parts of the country because people rely on the meat for food. I don’t have a problem with that. Well, I kind of do but that is because I prefer my meat to come from the grocery store in little trays wrapped in plastic wrap. I have never liked game meat and I’m not sure I ever will.

But if that is how some people provide for their families, then so be it. It is a necessary thing…for them. That covers only a percentage of gun owners. The other gun owners, the ones who shoot for pleasure, the ones that like assault weapons, the ones that are so angry about the 2nd Amendment and are afraid it will be taken away…those people I really don’t understand.

Do they even comprehend that their hobby is causing other people such anguish? Do they realize that, because they want to own high capacity clips and very dangerous weapons, crazy people will be able to also obtain them and kill innocent people? Do they realize that they are being incredibly selfish???

By the way, they are also misinterpreting the 2nd Amendment. The amendment states the following:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

The only part that gun owners seem to hear is “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”. They completely leave off the first half about the “well regulated militia”.

That is the point right there. A well regulated militia. The ability to defend oneself and one’s family and property. It says nothing about the ability to go to a firing range and shoot off an automatic weapon just for pleasure. I’m sure that is not what our founding fathers had in mind when they wrote this.

Here’s another thought…any responsible gun owner keeps their weapons under lock and key. So how much protection do these weapons offer when someone is breaking into a home. The gun owner has to wake up, go to where the guns are locked up, unlock them, grab a gun, load it and then try to find the person breaking in. By the time all of this happens, the robber will either be long gone or will have hurt or killed the gun owner. Really not practical.

Leaving your guns out and available for you kids to play with is just plain stupid. So that option isn’t even available…if you care about your family enough to arm yourself to protect them.

Our founding fathers created the constitution to be a living thing. An adjustable document. It isn’t set in stone like the 10 Commandments. It is made up of amendments. Which means we can amend or take away portions of it as our society grows and evolves. After all, the constitution was amended at one time to prohibit alcohol and that was changed when lawmakers realized it was pointless and people were drinking anyway. The constitution was amended to give women the right to vote. And so on and so forth. It is meant to be changed.

So why can’t we change the 2nd Amendment to the constitution? Because around 1% of the population likes to own guns.

Yup…1%. There are over 311,000,000 people in the United States at this time. There are approximately 4,000,000 who belong to the NRA. That means that 1% of the population actually belongs to the NRA.

So for all of us who don’t own guns, who are completely appalled by mass shootings, who were shocked and deeply saddened to hear that 20 little kids were shot by someone in their classrooms, who want assault weapons and other weapons not used in hunting to just go away….all of us, the 307,000,000 who don’t belong to the NRA…we are being controlled by 1% of our population.

You didn’t realize this? I didn’t either until I heard some leader of the NRA bragging that they have four million members. At first I thought…WOW…that is a lot of people. Then I remembered what the population of the United States is at this point. Three hundred and eleven million.

Wait…I thought… why are three hundred and seven million people being controlled by four million people? Why is ninety-nine percent of the country being controlled by one percent of the country?

Why??? Because they are loud and are paying a lot of money to force our lawmakers to keep things the way they are rather than amending the constitution. They are forcing all of us to live in fear, sadness and anger just so they can go out on a Saturday and shoot off powerful weapons at imaginary targets. They are causing all of us anguish just so they can have a hobby.

Well I think that it is time that the 99% of us tell the 1% of us to put their toys away and find some other way to spend their time. I think it is time for our lawmakers to listen to the rest of us who don’t like guns and want to feel safe. I think it is time for our lawmakers to do what we elected them to do…serve and protect the citizens of this country.

I think it is time for the NRA to go away. Before more children are murdered.

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