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Virginia on My Mind

The right to bear arms needs to have a caveat or two.

by Rita Ayers
April 18, 2007

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Virginia on My Mind

The education article that I intended to post today is relatively meaningless.  I defer to our resident poet, Greg Asimakoupoulos, to provide us some words of comfort on the subject of the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

I would like to commend Fox News' Shepard Smith, who refused to jump on the bandwagon and cast accusations at the college administration without further information and time to determine what had actually happened.  I also felt Virginia Governor Tim Kaine did a wonderful job defending Virginia Tech President, Dr. Charles Steger.

Finally, the only other thing I can say at this time is that I hope and pray no one uses this phrase during this news coverage, because it makes me absolutely crazy:  Guns don't kill people; people kill people.

It is true that guns usually don't shoot someone without a human behind the trigger.  My husband and I had a conversation about this, wherein he tried to defend that statement by saying, "Cars kill people, you can choke on your food, a tree limb can fall on your head - people die in all sorts of ways."

To that, I offered this.  I choose to get in a car, knowing the risk, because the car is a convenience.  I gain something from the use of the car.  All modes of transportation, all of which have been known to be deadly, are not designed for that express purpose.  Eating food, obviously, has a number of desirable outcomes which offset the risk of choking on it.  At least while the tree limb is still attached, I am enjoying it and it is doing its part in nature.

A gun is designed to kill; nothing more and nothing less. 

Some may say that hunters receive a benefit and they are necessary to keep the game populations from becoming out of control.  To that I say - if hunting is a sport, let the animals have a fighting chance and let the hunters shoot with bows and arrows.  An armed man hiding in a tree has such an advantage over an animal that it hardly seems sporting.

The Virginia Tech shooter, Cho Seung-Hui, broke no laws in acquiring the guns that he used for the shooting.  The instant background check revealed he had no prior transgressions; he was allowed to walk out of the store with the gun instantly.  That's ridiculous.  If we cannot stop this craziness that is happening - and I know we cannot - we can at least cripple the attempts of those aspiring to such acts by strengthening gun laws throughout the land.  I think a waiting period of at least a year is not out of the question.  If you have valid reasons, you'll wait.  If you don't have valid reasons, maybe the waiting period will help a cooler head prevail.  Most of these shooters have used their rampages as a long-term solution to a temporary problem.

God bless the families of those lost Monday.



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mattie from liberty writes:
May 2, 2007
Sorry to post so late. Your article was good and so very sad.

Log on to: Bath School disaster.

This story is another mass killing in 1927.

Chris Rabensteiner from New Orleans writes:
August 22, 2007
Nowhere is the Second Amendment to the Constitution mentioned in this essay. The 2nd Amendment was ratified because the founders of this nation realized that political power is a Frankenstein monster, in most cases. Sometimes, this monster, while well-intentioned during the conceptual phase, becomes an unstoppable, insane killer (such as today, in 2007). The only way to protect our lives and liberties from this monster is to remain well-armed. Well-armed to kill out-of-control politicians and office-holders, as necessary, before they kill us, or incarcerate us. That's the reality behind the 2nd Amendment. It gives us a fighting chance against tyrany. Thomas Jefferson once stated the "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." He said nothing about hunting, as it relates to the 2nd Amendment.
As an aside, the psychopath that destroyed the lives of those young people (and the lives of their families) was allowed into this nation by the federal politicians. They failed to comply with the will of the majority of Americans who didn't and still don't wish to see our nation become the Babylonian cesspool that it has become since Kennedy and Humprey and Cellar rammed the 1965 Immigration Act down our collective throats. I don't think we have a single interest that's catered to anymore by the federal politicians. That being said, now would be an especially terrible time to restrict gun ownership.

Rita from Fairhope, Alabama writes:
August 22, 2007
Actually, the Second Amendment was referred to in the subtitle of the article. Specifically, I wrote "The right to bear arms needs to have a caveat or two." I may not have referred to it as the Second Amendment, but that is what the Second Amendment is.

Having this right would not have helped the students in the Virginia Tech classrooms; none would be allowed to enter classrooms packing weaponry. It's too late for any of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy to enjoy this right afforded them by our founding fathers.

If you will re-read what I wrote, never did I say that the Second Amendment should be repealed. Instead, I advocated certain time restrictions be put in effect in order to enable those involved in the sale of guns to properly inspect an individual's pedigree, if you will. A lengthier waiting period in this case may have revealed this shooter's previous mental health issues, along with the warnings that had been placed in his file. Once again, I repeat that those with the desire merely to protect themselves should surely pass muster and procure their instruments. Those who have a blemish on their record should be scrutinized more carefully. Would it stop them from getting their weapons? No. But it would certainly slow them down somewhat, and perhaps alert the proper authorities to their attempts to purchase a firearm.

If I am reading you correctly, you want us to shoot politicians who enact bad policy rather than just handling the matter at the polls?

You missed my points, I believe, but I'm glad you had the opportunity to make yours.

Chris Rabensteiner from new orleans writes:
August 23, 2007
I don't feel I've missed your point at all. If I go back and re-read what you wrote, you've implied that somebody, somewhere, in the GOVERNMENT (the 'proper authorities'), should have the power to say that you or I can't procure a firearm until THEY say so. Bluntly, I don't agree with you on that. That is illegal under the US Constitution, and negates the reason it was changed to include the 2nd Amendment, which 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." "...[A] caveat or two" is infringement.
As for handling the matter at the polls, who counts the votes? Diebold? And what do the votes of us little people matter anyway, to the officeholders? Do you remember the demise of Proposition 187 in California a few years back? 2/3 of the people (over four million souls) of that state voted to deny state and federal welfare opportunities to the illegal colonizers from Mexico. Three federal judges on the 9th Circuit in San Francisco 'overruled' those four million-plus citizens with their self-righteous 'opinion' that it would be illegal. Now we have Mexifornia. Recently, the officeholders in Washington have decided that they have the power to ignore the 4th and 5th Amendments with the Military Commissions Act and the USA Patriot Act. Have you looked at those two gems? When is enough enough, Rita, from the 'proper authorities'? Who's going to stop them? An armed-at-their-discretion populace?
By the way, I loved your latest. Couldn't agree more. May I send that one to some other sites?

Rita from Fairhope, Alabama writes:
August 23, 2007
I think we've gotten off the original topic and gone to immigration. That's the topic of a future article, so perhaps we can continue this debate at that time. I don't believe we disagree on that one, though, but we'll see!

My final comment about the gun control issue is this: Despite the original intent and language of some of the wording of the constitution, "we" have found it necessary to make changes to it from time to time. Remember, the original constitution did not allow women to vote; it also took an amendment to abolish slavery and give the 18-year-olds fighting for our country the right to vote.

In this case, if we take "without infringement" literally, it would mean even without regard to age, mental ability level, or past criminal records which clearly showed that firearms were involved with negative consequences.

This has been great fun, Rabbit, but I'd rather just share some great crawfish!

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