What was I doing with all these guns? My angst began to fester as the gun control argument raged closer to home. More and more people began telling each other that the gun was the ultimate cure for what ails us, the American Way - Hunter Thompson
With the gun control debate raging throughout the country, I thought I would throw my own hat into the ring.
A particular sect of people is saying that President Barack Obama is trying to go against the Second Amendment, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. All he wants to do is ban military-style weapons from civilians. Why? Because they are military grade weapons. You don't need a semi-automatic assault rifle to take down Bambi or his mother.
Yesterday, President Obama introduced his new proposals for gun control, which resulted in politicians and everyone else speaking out. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassely said, "The Second Amendment is more than just words on paper. It's a fundamental right that ensures citizens the ability to protect themselves against the government." The amendment was written during the American Revolution when we needed state militias. Where does it say in the two-sentence amendment that citizens should rise up against the government when they see fit?
Obama isn't trying to take away all of the guns from people. He wants high-powered, military-grade weapons to stay with, well, the military and law enforcement. The president isn't taking away all guns, which is what some people think he is doing.
This debate isn't just about guns, but everything else that did or did not play a role in the string of shootings at the end of last year. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, "The vice president's committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there. Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror."
He's right. More money does need to go towards mental health in this country. And maybe that is where President Obama should have focused his proposals today. Then again, he is doing something to get the ball moving on the gun control issue.
Even if more extensive background checks are done or gun bans do pass, a person who wants a gun will find a way to obtain it.
Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, said it best: "All of us on any side of the debate are anti-massacre. If some common sense fire arms regulations might cut the number of these killings, why not try?"
Stewart went on to say that nothing is going to be "perfect," but that all we need is a "series of steps...that can improve the situation." Obama started taking those steps yesterday. Will his proposals make it through the House and Senate? Doubtful, seeing as how Republicans are against him on nearly everything he does, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't try. Something is being done, and that is good. Hopefully, something can be done about senseless shootings in the near future.