Dear defenders of gun ownership in America,
I have gotten used to the fact that in your interpretation, the 2nd amendment to the Bill of Rights dating from 1791 and reading
“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.”
allows a 24-year old student to purchase a Remington shotgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and two handguns plus ammunition within a few months without any permit or license required. I have equally gotten used to expect that the largest mass shooting in US history would not change any of your beliefs.
But please allow me two questions:
1. Proponents of liberal gun laws always argue that it actually reduces crime if more citizens have guns because they could then defend themselves and others against criminals. After all, criminal would always get guns, even illegally.
My question: Why is there never any of these NRA-card carrying citizens around when you need them? Never!
2. In the debate after today’s shooting, many of the defenders of gun ownership point the finger at Hollywood and the violence in the media and computer games instead. They argue that this is what poisons America and we have to stop producing filthy films.
My question: Don’t you notice the irony of using the 2nd amendment as your argument for gun control, and in the same breath arguing for a limitation of free speech, which is – it may surprise you – protected by the 1st amendment?
Thanks for your time, until the next massacre.