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Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Featured, Politics, Society | 23 comments

Small Sacrifices

Manny Francisco, Manila, The Phillippines

In this country, we love our kids; we love sports; we love money. But what we worship is guns. Don’t believe me? Think I’m being unfair? Ask yourself – what brings about an incredibly intense reaction from the public faster than a move to restrict, in any way, access to guns or ammunition?

Ask any politician who has ever tried to introduce legislation, or even tried to open the discussion, concerning guns.

The NRA, with their “any gun, any time, anywhere” agenda, has their millions of members and advocates on speed-dial, and they will arise with a mighty vengeance if their beloved guns are seen to be threatened in any way. And so we continue to pretend that carrying guns into schools, and churches, and any other place, is somehow what the Founding Fathers intended when they began the Second Amendment with the words “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state…”.

Somehow you never hear that part of the amendment, only the fun part about having guns.

Why didn’t they just say “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”? Could it be that isn’t what they meant? Unfortunately, they didn’t write “The right of children to go to school without having to worry about some lunatic who has legal access to any type of weaponry coming in and shooting, shall not be infringed”. So we continue to sacrifice our children and our fellow citizens to the idea that gun ownership is sacred.

I’m not anti-gun. I don’t own one, but I’m not saying no one should be able to. Hunters should be able to hunt. But this domino theory idea that restricting semi-automatic weapons would lead directly to the banning of hunting rifles and shotguns has cost us mightily.

No hunter needs a 60-round magazine. Not everyone who wants a 60-round magazine is going to march into a school and blow little children away. But unfortunately, our refusal to have any meaningful restrictions on guns means broken people can legally get semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, and do what they will. Any gun, any time, anywhere. Amen.

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