“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” reads the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
However, I ask: Why so many guns? Why high-capacity magazines and clips? Why military-style guns? Why rapid firing? Why concealed guns? I would be interested in hearing from anyone who can offer answers to these questions.
Note that I am not disputing the right of ownership of guns, as the Second Amendment is sufficiently ambiguous and couched in 19th century language so as to be widely interpretable. I am not talking about guns used for hunting, target shooting or self-protection – that sort of activity.
What purpose is served by the ownership of large numbers of military-grade weapons with high ammo capacity and rapid-firing capability?
These types of weapons are expressly designed to maximize lethality. They are not necessary, nor particularly effective, for game hunting or target practice. But they most likely make their owners feel powerful.
The more guns there are, the more people are going to get hurt and/or killed. It's like sitting on a keg of dynamite and testing to see how close to the fuse you can hold the lighted match. Or like wandering through a mine field of ever-increasing density.
Why are heavily armed people allowed to show up at otherwise peaceful rallies, demonstrations and at voting places, as occurred in 2020? It seems to me it is for the purpose of intimidation of other people and the interference with the freedom to gather without fearing for their safety. They are like schoolyard bullies.
And, there is the ever present threat of yet another “school shooting” – delusional people with heavy armament.
Banning anything just leads to the creation of an underground (black) market. And, black markets lead to criminal organizations cashing in on the bounty, more people getting hurt or killed and tax revenue being lost.
We only need to look at the prohibition of alcohol in the early 20th century and the “war on drugs” in the late 20th century to see how well that works.
So, what do we do about this issue?
Banning will not work – especially banning concealed weapons, due to the fact that they are concealed. How about high-lethality military weapons and high-capacity magazines, etc.?
I suggest we simply deal with the most egregious displays involving these kinds of weapons – namely at public gatherings. People who show up at public gatherings and at voting places “armed to the teeth” should have their weapons confiscated and those weapons should be destroyed.
If criminal charges against these people are also forthcoming, then so be it.
Tod Kovara is a retired engineering scientist and a Fort Wayne resident.