It’s Time to Stop

This has been a tough week. Too many tragedies. Just, too many. This country has a problem with guns. And I say that even though there is a box of bullets in the safe and my grandfather’s rifle in the closet. I have never fired a gun in my life. I’ve never even held one. But we had livestock when I was growing up, and there were times my father had to go out with the rifle to put down an animal. Our neighbor has done the same. I don’t mind responsible people behaving responsibly.

What I do mind is not have protections in place against what we all know is inevitable: people who are not responsible. People who use their weapons against innocents.

The US Declaration of Independence says this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The right to bear arms must surely, surely, be trumped by a person’s right to live. The founders of the United States of America said this:

whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it

It is our right to consent to governance, and I no longer consent to meaningless, hypocritical laws about gun ownership. I don’t want to hear even one more argument about “liberty” if that argument doesn’t place the right of the living to remain living before the right to own a gun.

There should never be another parent standing at a podium saying, never again. We all know that as things are now, again is going to be not just inevitable, but later today. That’s not hyperbole. It’s truth.

We need meaningful gun control. Now. Or we work to revoke the Second Amendment. At this point, I don’t care which it is.

It’s time to stop people dying like this.

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