Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

House Republican says Democrats' 'real agenda' is to repeal the Second Amendment

House Republican says Democrats' 'real agenda' is to repeal the Second Amendment

A mass shooting in the United States on nine out of every 10 days, on average. Within hours of the atrocity, articles were being posted online from the usual suspects, like Frank Bruni and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times and Richard Cohen of the Washington Post, trotting out familiar themes. "I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes past year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country".

So the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter is in the United States and talking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That makes sense since the police have initially said he didn't have a record of prior offenses.

Talk to any British Neighbourhood watch programme and they will tell you the police advice is to secure your property so that it make it hard for burglars to access it.

It's obvious that the current laxity in our laws is badly failing our country, especially the many people who have been slaughtered by people with guns.

In an interview aired Tuesday night on Fox News, Martha MacCallum asked the Louisiana Republican whether the Las Vegas attack or his own personal experience changed his views on gun rights. "The only thing that's going to do that is to repeal the Second Amendment".

And I wanted Congress to make it impossible for any regular citizen to get their hands on the kinds of weapons we outfit our military elite with. Background checks are now mandated by federal law for registered dealers, but don't account for private sales, which comprise 40 percent of the gun trade, according to the National Institute of Justice. "Gun ownership should never be outlawed, just as it isn't outlawed in Britain and Australia". Restrict legal possession to law enforcement agencies. "And I think we see too much of that, where people say OK, now you have to have gun control", he said.

That would create a black market for firearms that would supply criminals with all the guns they'd need.

There are also huge misconceptions as to what the general public perceives as gun control or regulation. As Kevin Williamson of National Review magazine says: "The courts are very friendly to gun rights at the moment".

Listen to the staccato of the bullets that killed and maimed those people in Las Vegas and tell me the Second Amendment, alone among all amendments, can have no reasonable restraints. None of the proposals for gun control target law abiding citizens. Most mass murderers gain infamy through round-the-clock media portrayals.

The answer is obvious. "That is not what our founders intended by the 'right to bear arms'". "States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides", noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health. At the same time, they don't even believe in the First Amendment.

As long as the gun culture is ingrained in American society, organizations like the NRA will remain as American as apple pie, never mind that the NRA's great source of power resides in the money from gun purchases and not perceived American freedoms.

Feinstein's bill does not, in any way, call for the Second Amendment to be replaced or for all guns to be eliminated. What type of society are we living in? It would be more effective to turn those prayers and sympathies into deliberate action for a logical revision of the antiquated Second Amendment. "We must stop this now", Feinstein said in a statement. Democratic politicians routinely profess their fidelity to the Second Amendment - or rather, "a nuanced reading" of it - with all the conviction of Barack Obama's support for traditional marriage, circa 2008.

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