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ON GUN VIOLENCE AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT

It's gone from tragic, to a crisis, to an epidemic. When will it be the right time to end it?

· Social Change,Informing Ignorance,Gun Control,2nd Amendment,Philosophy

This article is an excerpt from 'Power to The People', a book in progress.

With regards to this most sensitive, volatile of issues facing Americans today, I will begin by suggesting that a great deal of the baggage attendant this particular issue stems from the efforts of such groups as the NRA and gun lobby to shield their agendas behind this bit of legislation by playing on the patriotic instincts of the average American, an act of manipulation so obvious and cynical that it beggars belief that it has succeeded to the extent that it has.

 

Waving the 2nd Amendment as if it were some kind of win button is juvenile, and letting oneself be bullied in that way is a habit that many Americans need to break themselves of.

 

Of course you honor and respect your founding document. As well you should.

 

In fact, it deserves a great deal more honor and respect than it’s gotten in recent memory, as it has been undermined and circumvented on countless occasions by your elected officials, typically at the behest of banking and big business. Each time this happens, the Patriot Act of 2001 being the most recent example that springs to my mind, you devalue your Constitution and the principles upon which it is founded.

 

But it’s not too late to change that. It’s never too late, so long as the American people are willing to stand up for what they once represented, and held true. But for this to happen, and again I reference Jefferson here, the American people need to educate and inform themselves, to put aside partisan ideology and to stop accepting whatever their preferred color of news tells them, in favor of a more balanced take in which conflicting points of view are considered before a final decision is reached.

 

The Constitution, as proved by the 2nd Amendment itself, has been, and remains subject to change, to revision, addition or deletion, at the will of a majority of the American people. So there is nothing unpatriotic about examining a clause that may well have fallen out of date, and which almost certainly is in need of revision with the development of modern, military-grade firearms, to say nothing of considering the world in which Americans now live, where the original intention behind that 2nd Amendment — which was to allow for an armed civilian militia specifically to defend the American people from corruption within their own government, not to fight one another, or some foreign nation.

 

The natural enemy of the American people is, and always has been, its government and ruling elite. Jefferson understood this and so did the Founding Fathers when they passed that amendment, one of ten passed all at once and collectively referred to as the Bill of Rights.

 

It is essential to remember that these are not historical relics. The Constitution is a living, breathing document that defines and guarantees your liberty, your rights and freedom as Americans, and for it to do so Americans must, as the core of their civic duty, protect and defend it from any and all forms of subversion, including the passing of laws or the instituting of agencies which broach the limits that your nation's founders, who included among their number some truly brilliant minds, political and otherwise, imposed on those who would rule over you. And provided for you in the event that you, as a nation, come to find that your government has overstepped its bounds, that it no longer serves you and even, as is clearly the case today, that you have in fact come to serve the government, and what’s worse, that you’ve been propagandized and mis-educated into believing that in so doing you are being patriotic, when the sad truth is that you have become the furthest thing from.

 

Patriotism isn't unquestioning obedience to those in power. Nor is it a refusal to examine the policies and institutions that have taken root since your last big governmental shakedown, the event which led to the penning of the Constitution in the first place.

 

Patriotism is looking around at your country, its government and laws, its institutions and customs, and asking yourself if they are truly in accord with your values and beliefs, and if they aren’t, patriotism is doing something about it. As a people. As Americans, and let the world watch in wonder should you ever, as a people, find that inner strength, and those convictions once again.

 

So the next time someone waves the 2nd Amendment at you, don't flinch, don't fall in line like a good little pawn. Take a moment to look it over, and to consider the implications behind the words. And consider whether those implications align with what you see around you and whether what you see is to your liking, or not.

 

And if it isn't, then perhaps it might be time to look to others of similar mindset and get down to the serious business of deciding what sort of country deserves your support.

With regards to this most sensitive, volatile of issues facing Americans today, I will begin by suggesting that a great deal of the baggage attendant this particular issue stems from the efforts of such groups as the NRA and gun lobby to shield their agendas behind this bit of legislation by playing on the patriotic instincts of the average American, an act of manipulation so obvious and cynical that it beggars belief that it has succeeded to the extent that it has.

Waving the 2nd Amendment as if it were some kind of win button is juvenile, and letting oneself be bullied in that way is a habit that many Americans need to break themselves of.

Of course you honor and respect your founding document. As well you should.

In fact, it deserves a great deal more honor and respect than it’s gotten in recent memory, as it has been undermined and circumvented on countless occasions by your elected officials, typically at the behest of banking and big business. Each time this happens, the Patriot Act of 2001 being the most recent example that springs to my mind, you devalue your Constitution and the principles upon which it is founded.

But it’s not too late to change that. It’s never too late, so long as the American people are willing to stand up for what they once represented, and held true. But for this to happen, and again I reference Jefferson here, the American people need to educate and inform themselves, to put aside partisan ideology and to stop accepting whatever their preferred color of news tells them, in favor of a more balanced take in which conflicting points of view are considered before a final decision is reached.

The Constitution, as proved by the 2nd Amendment itself, has been, and remains subject to change, to revision, addition or deletion, at the will of a majority of the American people. So there is nothing unpatriotic about examining a clause that may well have fallen out of date, and which almost certainly is in need of revision with the development of modern, military-grade firearms, to say nothing of considering the world in which Americans now live, where the original intention behind that 2nd Amendment — which was to allow for an armed civilian militia specifically to defend the American people from corruption within their own government, not to fight one another, or some foreign nation.

The natural enemy of the American people is, and always has been, its government and ruling elite. Jefferson understood this and so did the Founding Fathers when they passed that amendment, one of ten passed all at once and collectively referred to as the Bill of Rights.

It is essential to remember that these are not historical relics. The Constitution is a living, breathing document that defines and guarantees your liberty, your rights and freedom as Americans, and for it to do so Americans must, as the core of their civic duty, protect and defend it from any and all forms of subversion, including the passing of laws or the instituting of agencies which broach the limits that your nation's founders, who included among their number some truly brilliant minds, political and otherwise, imposed on those who would rule over you. And provided for you in the event that you, as a nation, come to find that your government has overstepped its bounds, that it no longer serves you and even, as is clearly the case today, that you have in fact come to serve the government, and what’s worse, that you’ve been propagandized and mis-educated into believing that in so doing you are being patriotic, when the sad truth is that you have become the furthest thing from.

Patriotism isn't unquestioning obedience to those in power. Nor is it a refusal to examine the policies and institutions that have taken root since your last big governmental shakedown, the event which led to the penning of the Constitution in the first place.

Patriotism is looking around at your country, its government and laws, its institutions and customs, and asking yourself if they are truly in accord with your values and beliefs, and if they aren’t, patriotism is doing something about it. As a people. As Americans, and let the world watch in wonder should you ever, as a people, find that inner strength, and those convictions once again.

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