Midnight Rantings

Tired rantings in a tired world.

Friday, January 23, 2004

It's a Black Day

Generations of people should be in morning.

Capt. Kangaroo has died. Who didn't love Capt. Kangaroo? He'll be missed.

Guns, Guns, Guns

The Second Amendment: 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 folks that added the Bill of Rights to our consitution should have been more precise in their wording. As I read the 2nd Amendment, I see a need for a well regulated militia and a need for the people to keep and bear arms. Two seemingly separate ideas.

Who is the militia? Gun control advocates would tell us that the National Guard is the militia. While it is true the National Guard arose from the Minute Man, the National Guard is basically the Army. In the United States Code the militia is defined as consisting of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard. This group was further organized into the National Guard, etc. and those not in the National Guard. Thus, nearly everyone is in the United States' militia. Besides, do National Guard members get to take their "assault weapons" home?

Who are the people? To my mind that means citiizens of the United States. The founding fathers feared power in concentrated form. The reason we have electoral college and not popular elections is because the founders feared the people. The reason our leaders are elected is to keep them "honest." One of the checks against governmental power are guns. Firearms in the hands of the populace are there as a deterrent. The importance was such that gun ownership is number 2 in the Bill of Rights. Gun ownership was not about being able to go out and kill squirrels. If the People had not had personal firearms, we would still be a British colony.

What about crimes involving guns? By outlawing guns, won't we be able to keep gun violence down. Sure we will, but I doubt overall violence will drop. Britian has, essentially, outlawed gun ownership. The crime rate has risen. In this country, areas with "conceal carry" permits have lower crime. Areas with the more stringent gun laws have higher crime. The CDC was unable to say that more guns causes more crime. Although not a study but a literature review, the liberal CDC could not find any evidence that more guns cause more crime.

I think this is a no brainer. As with many things in life, it is about personal responsiblity. The vast majority of people take care of their guns. With all things in life, merely passing a law will not alter human behavior. If that were the case, we would not the DEA, FBI, etc. Evil exists in this world. No human law can change that.