Letter to the Editor: The relevance of the Second Amendment
I am hoping to encourage thought and discussion over the second amendment and its current relevance for us with this submission. One reason the second amendment is still relevant to modern society is because man desires power and will do awful things to obtain it. Another reason is the fact that people will simply do horrible things to others when they can get away with it. Thomas Jefferson was conscious of this fact about humanity when he wrote, “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” As the number of guns has increased, the number of gun violence incidents has declined. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control, which found that gun ownership increased by 56 percent and yet gun violence decreased by almost 50 percent between 1993 and 2003. If the premise of gun control advocates was correct, then wouldn’t gun violence have increased during that time? According to John Lott (Crime Research Prevention Center President), there is a 3.6 percent decrease in killed police officers for every percentage point increase in those owning firearms. The reverse is also true. Lott found, “from 2013 to 2015, the six states (plus Washington,D.C.) that banned open carry actually experienced higher rates of police death (20.2 versus 17.3 per 100,000 officers).” If fewer guns means less crime and death, wouldn’t police deaths have declined in the states that banned open carry? The 1994 Rwandan genocide was carried out in three months, largely with machetes, and an estimated one million people were murdered. At the peak of Nazi atrocities, 12,000 people a day were gassed at Auschwitz alone and in the Las Vegas shooting 58 people died. There are many weapons of mass destruction, but none so deadly as the human heart. Every 1-1/2 minutes, four babies are murdered through legal abortion in this country. Could the ideology driving abortion be the same ideology driving the public shootings of today? Could our real problems be a lack of self-control, a lack of regard for human life and a lack of consequences for our actions?