Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Keep & Bear Arms

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.
I get it. Freedom is freedom. Once we start placing qualifiers on freedom it slowly erodes our rights as Americans. Restrictions make more restrictions easier to take hold. Just because one crazy person does something, says something, or causes some problem does not mean the rest of the country should deal with enforced consequences of his or her stupidity.

But why in the world is a 30-round magazine necessary for a handgun? Why do background checks still miss so many key questions and problems that individuals might have? Do we truly need over 100 million handguns in this country? And the most basic question I wrestle with - why have we become so fixated on the idea of owning, carrying, and using guns?