posted on 21 June 2016
Written by Frank Li
Many Americans are deeply troubled by guns (Gun Massacres in America), without knowing what to do (Senate blocks gun measures offered in wake of Orlando shooting). Here is a simple proposal: treat guns like alcohol, both physically (e.g. it kills, but you must allow it) and constitutionally (e.g. Second Amendment vs. Eighteenth Amendment and Twenty-first Amendment). Let me explain ...
Guns to America are like bread and butter to mankind. So it's important for us to understand gun massacres as well as gun enthusiasts in America ...
1.1 The Orlando massacre
In a rush to create a headline news story, many main-stream media outlets called the Orlando massacre the worst in U.S. history. Two examples:
Is it really the worst in U.S. history? Yes, but only in terms of the number of victims murdered by one individual! In contrast, many gun enthusiasts hold different views, with two big examples.
Let's learn more about these two examples, in order to better understand not only the history, but also the psyche of gun enthusiasts.
1.2 Wounded Knee Massacre
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Wounded Knee Massacre:
1.3 Waco Siege
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Waco Siege:
Both Wounded Knee Massacre and Waco Siege are examples of the government against the people, unlike the Orlando massacre which is one individual against the people. However, for many gun enthusiasts or opponents, a gun massacre is a gun massacre is a gun massacre, regardless of who is responsible for it: one individual or the government!
Bottom line: at the heart of any serious debate on gun control lies the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
2. The Second Amendment
2.1 What is the Second Amendment?
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
2.2 The debate about the Second Amendment
There is no question that Americans have the right to keep and bear arms.
The core question is whether it is still valid for Americans to bear arms against their own government, as initially intended by the Founding Fathers.
To me, the answer is obviously no, because our government, including the military, is by far the biggest in the world now. No other country, let alone any individual American, can fight against our government with any arms!
The question, then, is how should the Second Amendment be amended? Let's look at alcohol as an example ...
3. Alcohol and two related Amendments
Like guns, alcohol has not only its own fun factor, but also a mass harm potential. In fact, alcohol was so damned in America that on January 17, 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment took effect that had mandated nationwide Prohibition on alcohol, only to be repealed later by the Twenty-first Amendment.
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Twenty-first Amendment:
Are gun massacres getting worse in America? Yes, they are! But they are not even close to general gun violence! Below is a highlight of gun violence data from my hometown Chicago (http://heyjackass.com):
So, superficially, something should be done on gun control (e.g. banning assault weapons)? But will something significant be done? No!
Why not? In a democracy like ours, things have to get really bad for a significant Constitutional change like the Second Amendment.
In other words, is the gun problem today as bad as Prohibition on alcohol in the 1920s? No, not yet! So forget about a significant change to the Second Amendment!
More profoundly, we must understand the real reasons behind gun massacres (e.g. hate) and gun violence (e.g. poverty and broken families), and fix the root causes, instead of blaming guns!
I believe I have the most accurate diagnosis for America (Diagnosis for America (Version 3)), as well as the best solution (Solution for America (Version 3)). It will fix the root causes of many of our problems, including both gun massacres and gun violence!
Guns and alcohol do not mix, but the analogy between them is useful, hopefully.
Most importantly, constitutionally, do not repeat the same mistake with guns as we did with alcohol!
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