“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” ~ Spock
I do not live, nor have I ever lived, in the United States so I am decidedly unqualified to comment on their gun laws. I am, however, a member of the human race so that gives me as much right as anyone to voice an opinion on the senseless loss of lives in mass shootings.
I have never attempted to purchase a gun. And while I understand the unequivocable right afforded to U.S. citizens in the Second Amendment to the Constitution to ‘keep and bear arms’, this amendment seems glaringly outdated and egregiously misused.
Perhaps using a quote from Star Trek may seem trite but the needs of the many human beings on this planet, innocent people being cut down by automatic weapons designed for mass casualties, must, in some realm of reality, outweigh the needs of the few making these weapons legal to purchase and own.
The world is crying out. Its citizens are angry. The right to bear arms is understandable when we keep in mind its original intent was self-defense. The right to easily obtain a weapon meant to be a destructive killing machine seems to stretch the boundaries of that amendment to infinitesimal proportions.
How many more lives have to be unnaturally extinguished before someone says, “enough is enough”? This is a new world, an angry world. And the more we fuel that world with the means to spread hatred quickly and efficiently in a hail of bullets, the faster the human race will destroy itself and everything else in its path because they were allowed to buy legal armaments to make it happen.
We have already seen it too many times on our television and computer screens. Hate is a powerful force. And knowing that hate can simply walk in, go through the necessary channels and readily purchase an automatic weapon to spread its message scares the shit out of me.
I can assert that many, many Americans agree with every word of your post. I think the horrific events in Orlando will constitute a tipping point toward rational, logical and (hopefully) sweeping gun reform.
I do hope you’re right.
For the first time in a long while, I really think so.
Sending as much hope as I can muster.
People sometimes treat the founding fathers as all-knowing wise men. However, the wisest thing they may have done was recognize that their work was imperfect and might have to be changed.
That is very true.
Enough is enough, Susan. The entire thing is so out of hand I don’t know how the US can ever control this – but they have to start somewhere xxxx
I agree Dianne…it’s so disheartening to see it happen over and over again. xxxx