The month of January is not even over and Chicago just reached 36 homicides for the year. Last night two men were shot to death outside Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven in Bridgeport. It was the first double homicide of 2013 in Chicago. This equates to more than one murder per day…which is a sign of the times.
While gun rights activists are stocking up on ammunition and weapons to prepare for tougher gun laws, more people are dying. There are cities that have run out of ammunition and guns since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Many shops have seen a 50%+ increase in weapon sales. Is the right to bear arms more important than a life?
Let’s face it, gun violence is a sign of the times. We live in a world of violent video games, lack of jobs giving our youth little hope to succeed and an epidemic of prescription drug use. This is clearly a different time from when the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was signed. The fact that many cannot see this is mind-boggling. If their family member were killed would they still feel this way?
Look, I am all for the freedoms we are privileged to have in America. Each day we are faced with more restrictions and rules putting us into a small box. Camera’s follow our every move, we can’t drink what we want, we have to watch what we say or face the consequences, and to get through an airport can take hours due to searches and heavy screening. RULES…RULES…RULES!
But of all the laws our government is considering and enforcing, stricter laws on those who should have the right to own a gun makes sense. It really should NOT be a right…but a privilege. Even if you are a law-abiding citizen, what’s to say you have not become a prescription med addict, junky, or merely snapped. And look at fact that many of the guns are left in reach of children living in a home. This week a 3rd grader brought a loaded gun to school for two days in Inkster, MI. How did he get the gun?
The right to own a gun is a sensitive subject. There are strong feelings on both sides of the issue and few in the middle. While I understand both sides of the fence, the thought that gun rights activist reference the constitution seems ridiculous. It was adopted in 1791 for goodness sakes, how can anyone think we are living with that same mentality. This is clearly a different world; we have grown in numbers and have mentally and physically evolved.
In the end, the next time you think about losing our rights…consider the overall picture. If someone truly believes they are in a state of mind to own a gun, why would they care about being screened for mental issues or other background checks? While it is an inconvenience, isn’t saving a life worth the extra steps?
Well, if Illinois allows concealed weapons, I will certainly NOT feel safe. What do you think?