I am curious about how individual state constitutions will play in all this.
Out here in Washington State, there is no mention of well regulated or militia.
I wonder how many states go with something like this:
“SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”
Some say the militia is the National Guard. What happens when the NG is not taking orders from the people?
Well regulated militia:
“Kent State massacre—occurred at Kent State University in the U.S. city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.”
Many folks speak of defending against a tyrannical government.
How about a rancher in southern Arizona who wants to defend against violent drug traffickers.
He should be able to opt in or out on being armed similar to the well regulated militia at Kent State.
Ending the Drug War would reduce violence in this area.
My attitudes on gun control are very similar to my take on public school lockers:
People who have done nothing wrong should be treated as such.
Armed security in public schools-
Communities across America should be free to plan their school security protocols in a decentralized fashion & to opt in or out on making use of armed security.
High level politicians all across America make use of armed security. It is done in a professional way so that it does not attract the attention of the public.
Las Vegas Casinos make use of armed security.
It is done in a professional way so that customers are comfortable with the idea of visiting and spending money.
Connecticut school shooting-
It would be nice to get clarification on this story indicating that the rifle was not fired inside the school:
Military weapons in modern culture:
Local TV station promotes the idea that military weapons are appropriate here at home:
Stay scared people.
More on Puget Sound Security Theater here.
Simulated gun violence as family entertainment:
“A Battle Sail is a recreation of a typical 18th century naval skirmish, featuring close quarters maneuvers, real cannon fire with gunpowder (no cannon balls), and an opportunity for guests to take the helm of a tall ship. Tickets are $60 for adults, $50 for students/seniors/active military, and $40 for children 12 and under.”
Photo at the top of this page shows one of the ships described above.
Celebrity spokespeople and a show business discussion of guns creates made- for-TV fireworks & keeps the topic heated & emotional.
The discussion should be more about issues- less about personalities.
People who produce TV shows should learn the difference between a clip & a magazine, be clear about the term semiautomatic & get away from the comic book term bullets. Next time you see a box of ammo- look and see if the word bullets appears anywhere on the package.
Photo- Lady Washington at Port Townsend