October 25, 2020

Gen Z Conservative

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gun control is still unconstitutional

Gun Control is Still Unconstitutional

My Take on Why Gun Control is Still Unconstitutional:

This past weekend America experienced the almost unspeakable horror of two mass shootings. Mentally unstable radicals opened fire on unarmed civilians, massacring almost 30 people. While most of America dwelled on the horror of the tragedy, Democrats leapt into action; they never let a tragedy like this go to waste. So, unfortunately, now conservatives have to fight back and show Democrats that gun control is still unconstitutional and thus prevent further restriction of our firearm rights.

It would be better if we could focus on consoling the victims of these tragedies and focusing on the root issues- extremism and mental health. But, unfortunately, we conservatives now also have to fight back against renewed calls for unconstitutional gun control laws. Democrats want a disarmed populace. They want to confiscate and regulate what firearms we can own. That is unconstitutional, so we can’t let them have it. Even in the face of this weekend’s tragedies.

The 2nd Amendment Makes any Gun Control Unconstitutional:

When James Madison wrote the 2nd Amendment at the behest of the Anti-Federalists, he didn’t include any qualifying statements. As a review, the 2nd Amendment states:

“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.”

2nd Amendment to the US Constitution

Notice how it doesn’t say “…shall not be infringed unless something horrific happens.” Nor does it say “…shall not be infringed unless gunsmiths make a rifle that can fire more than once without reloading.” The Founding Fathers intended for us to have the necessary weapons to fight back against government tyranny, a.k.a. military-style weapons. Back then that was a musket. Now it is at the very least an AR-15 (although I think that even machine guns are protected by the 2nd Amendment).

There is nothing ambiguous about “shall not be infringed.” The 2nd Amendment applies to AR-15s because of that. The clear meaning of the 2nd Amendment was to make sure the right to access of firearms was respected. Now, there are attempts to strip that right from law-abiding citizens because of the actions of a few sick, mentally unstable extremists. Just remember, no matter what the media says over the next few days, gun control is still unconstitutional.

Should the Rights of the Many be Restricted because of the Actions of the Few?

Insane people use weapons to commit horrific mass shooting, yes. But, those instances are relatively rare. As I described in “the Gun Control Lobby is Lying,” mass shootings make up only a fraction of the total gun-related homicides in the US. Once gang-related shootings are screened out of the “mass shootings” data, mass shootings make up an even smaller fraction of total firearm-related deaths.

And that’s just of firearm-related deaths. When viewed in context of the total number of homicides in the US, mass shootings are almost an imperceptibly low percentage of deaths. They’re definitely not the epidemic (a favorite term of alarmists) that the media and Democratic Party would have you believe.

So, should those rare instances of horrific violence be used to justify unconstitutional gun control laws that restrict the rights of tens of millions of law-abiding citizens? Would that be just? No, of course not.

Despite the evil, horrifying nature of mass shootings, their taking place does not justify gun control. And even if they did somehow justify it, gun control is still unconstitutional. The Founders intended for us to have the proper weapons to fight tyranny. We shouldn’t lose sight of that just because we’re mourning terrible crimes.

Conclusion to Why Gun Control is Still Unconstitutional:

It’s easy to feel like you have to do something after a tragedy like either of the ones that happened this past weekend. When two such tragedies happen, that desire might feel even more pressing.

And there are things we should do, such as reform mental health programs, encourage people to say something to police if an acquaintance is acting like he or she might be a danger to society, and discouraging the extremism at the roots of many of these recent shootings. Those would be the just, constitutional things to do.

Unfortunately, most talk in the media has centered on restricting free speech and restricting gun rights. Gun rights are human rights. Free speech is also a human right. Those rights are crucial to any successful republic, which is why they were included in the Constitution, as discussed in The Federalist Papers. They shouldn’t be restricted because of a temporary desire for action.

What happened last weekend was a horrific tragedy. But that tragedy doesn’t justify gun control. Gun control is still unconstitutional and needs to be fought against. If you feel like you have to do something, focus on the just, constitutional, and effective areas for reform that I mentioned above. Not unconstitutional proposals to implement gun control or regulate free speech.

By: Gen Z Conservative


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