Social Responsibility

Government is an individual responsibility

Only a rational society can expect “government of the people, by the people, for the people” to be a rational government

Here in the United States of America, it is clear that our government listens to the people. It is also clear it listens to the loudest people first.

The growing population of our society can no longer support the “sport” of killing animals with high-powered rifles as practiced by a very few. The average unarmed citizen–our children and family–has just too much access to the wilderness.

When people carry handguns for protection, the specific purpose of the gun is to kill someone. In this view, is it rational to consider such dangerous weapons a “right to carry”? When in public, do you want people around you carrying guns that are only intended to kill people? Why do they hide the guns? Are they rational citizens?

The slogan that, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” is a false premise posed by people who want to carry guns. That view has frozen our society from action. Any rational person understands that such a process must begin with the elimination of the first gun.

This point is highlighted by a recent Fox News poll in which a majority of those surveyed felt that “people who do these kinds of things [like Sandy Hook] ‘will always find the guns’ to commit violent acts.” This is a defeatist attitude indicating a belief that nothing can be done because the problem is too big–exactly what the NRA wants us to believe.

The point of view stated in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”  is no longer tenable. Technology has made it illogical to think that citizens armed with handguns and rifles can stand up to our government no matter how evil it may become. It is the collective actions of the citizens which protects us.

Keeping the Second Amendment is not the only irrational behavior of our society, but it is one of the most destructive. If we cannot set that right, it may be an unreasonable expectation to think our government should be any more rational.

Examine your beliefs. Are these mass killings an acceptable price to pay for the Second Amendment? If you think not, then let our government know. Be a louder voice!

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