Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Enough is enough. It’s time to challenge the 2nd Amendment

How did we ever allow gun rights advocates to amass such power? For years we’ve given in to the gun nuts who scream they have unlimited rights for their weapons under the 2nd Amendment. There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. constitution but the one we hear the most about is the 2nd. And it is also the one that we can thank for the gun violence that is reported on a daily basis in the media. Even though it’s improving, gun killings are still a daily event.

The latest two mass murders by shooting are in Arizona and Texas, and I’m not even talking about the one in Tucson, AZ, last January involving Rep. Gabby Giffords. Three bikers were shot and killed at Mormon Lake last Friday night at a motorcycle rally. The victims were reported to be from the Phoenix area, according to the Tucson Daily Sun. Another woman was shot six times and is just “clinging to life.” The rally, which took place about 35 miles southeast of Flagstaff, had 2,000 attendees.

In Grand Prairie, Texas, six people were shot dead by a gunman at a roller rink this past Saturday. Four others were wounded with their conditions unknown at area hospitals, according to the Chicago Tribune. It was a private birthday party but at least no children were involved in the shooting. The gunman ended up shooting himself and is included in the six dead. Participants say a man drew a pistol during a fight between a husband and his wife. The relation between the gunman and his victims was not clear.

Neither of these killers would have had the firepower necessary to carry out these massacres had it not been for the lax gun laws in Arizona and Texas, made possible by the 2nd Amendment. Has the time finally come to reevaluate the 2nd Amendment and make radical changes to the gun laws throughout the U.S.?

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