Somehow the mass shooting events pile up with daily bloodshed and the wailing of devastated families and endless comments from politicians about how terrible these attacks are, but not many actions from authorities that will fix the problem.
Here is just one of many heartbreaking stories.
When will we ever learn. The gun insanity is an epidemic that too many don't want to stop. for those who insist the Constitution guarantees the right to have weapons – I say fine – use what the founders were talking about – muskets. https://t.co/GZIcZaixh2
— Bill Ritter (@billritter7) November 24, 2022
Looking for models in other countries, we know the UK has long led in successful gun control.
Read here its status:
Our UK handguns were banned in '96 after the Dunblane school massacre. Only hunting rifles or antique guns are allowed now. Canada's firearm death rate is a lot higher than ours bc they're not banned. https://t.co/27mhtwpDbm pic.twitter.com/0VBYeYd5OT
— Krissie (@UrbanistKrissie) February 17, 2021
Underlying every planetary problem is the growth of human numbers which now has reached levels that undermine every aspect of human life and form of governance including our democracy. Here is a recent report on how we got to 8 billion homo sapiens.
At a time when so much of the debate around vaccinations and other public health measures has been politicized, this article offers a useful reminder of the role of modern science in fundamentally transforming all of our lives. https://t.co/oCWWHNQPcI
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 26, 2021
Why? Because with disease control people stopped dying as population kept doubling! Chemical fertilizer helped add food supplies too.
Now our unique and enduring 1791 Constitution with its Bill of Rights which includes the 2nd Amendment brings gun control into urgent need of reform. Just to remind you, here is what the 2nd Amendment states about the right to bear arms.
The spate of gun deaths will not stop under present laws, so how to fix this? Lots of ideas have emerged as you can read here.
As horrific gun violence haunts America's schools, the cycle will continue until policies are changed. Read recommendations, ways to get involved, and how we can end countless more tragedies:
— Human Restoration Project (@HumResPro) May 25, 2022
But getting new laws is not simple as for example giving women the right to vote with the 19th Constitutional amendment 1920. A national right like Roe was before June 24th and the Dobbs decision!
Now my main point: We need two national amendments to our Constitution that reflect our secular rights not religious dogmas or presumed state’s rights!
I am keenly aware that is a very dramatic and realistic statement which will likely not be endorsed by enough to gain enaction now.
But dream a little and read on!!
We are coming after Trump to a better understanding that our fragile democracy to succeed must ultimately adopt the views of most of its citizens or fall into the kind of authoritarian dictatorships which have historically dominated most of human history even now.
Perfect example? Before Trump’s religiously radicalized Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe on June 24th we had a model for a moderate national solution for women’s abortion rights, although certainly not perfect as perfect would have kept governance completely out of a woman’s right to decide when to abort an unintended pregnancy.
Fixing this abortion rights problem would from a legal POV not now be complex at all, just as in 1920 giving women the right to vote. Okay that took women from 1848, but it got done. We can’t afford that time schedule for gun safety and choice.
But it will take a new look at states’ rights interfering with many voters’ opinions and which has been too long debated in a secular government, not a religious autocracy. Here are key arguments for and against states’ rights.
States Rights should be amended https://t.co/sezzIeuJHl
— PROUD CITIZEN (@BrewmasterNY) March 11, 2022
Worried are those hard right conservatives who want to retain their biases against all of us! Any literate citizen among us now knows that serious action is required in a nation with more unregulated guns in citizens’ possession than the number of our 340 million human population.
First what about states’ rights? Now the so-called claimed equity of states’ rights solutions so often comes into play as with the Dobbs decision. Was it states’ rights that allowed slavery and caused the Civil War? States’ rights have long been a contentious issue. In brief when is broad Federal power to be used for national laws which override states’ rights?
We now know as in the case of abortion rights that the abuse of States’ rights’ biggest effect was to enable religious opinion and outright racism as in the case of women’s abortion rights tyranny and racial equity.
But fixing gun control vs abortion rights is far more complex. How about a national gun control law that outlaws MR-15 type weapons altogether and restricted gun sales to anyone under 25?
Sadly, our loggerheaded Congress hasn’t hastened to show cooperation on any imaginative gun reform legislation so we can continue to observe frequent mass shootings.
In short who knows when you or your family members or friends are next shopping, or your kids are going to school whether you are now essentially playing Russian roulette without knowing it?
National laws on gun control could start us toward sanity as we grope toward overcoming the disaster caused by killing Roe which backers claimed was needed to test a very unworkable states’ rights solution!
In a functioning democracy there must ultimately be a way to allow the majority to prevail particularly on controversial issues such as abortion choice and gun control.
The NRA and the right are enabling mass shooters. The NRA and gun manufacturers have poured millions of dollars into Republicans' campaign coffers. Is it any surprise then that GOP have spent decades serving the gun lobby and repeatedly blocking gun control measures in Congress? pic.twitter.com/J4hMnirUNG
— Tony 🌊VOTE Warnock🇺🇸 (@TonyHussein4) November 23, 2022
Are enough of us on board with the either gun control or choice to pass national statutes? Or are we going to continue to play states’ rights so Russian roulette with guns will continue even as most of us citizens want action?
Just wait. As more and more pricey upper crust locations where people of wealth hang out are attacked, will that move those folks of influence into action?
Gun control is coming so why not start now? 20 percent of our population are now ages 19 to 34 and that younger number is growing. They are going to change this intransigent behavior! After all our school children (and their parents) know the need now for a national gun control law is mandatory!
There should be no right to bear arms unless authorized by Federal government. Rules could follow the UK model. Can’t you hear the screams of the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturers?
Well, we choice advocates screamed when Roe was taken away. And those favoring gun legislation outnumber the progun folks.
So, even by Constitutional Amendment giving the Federal government the right to take away guns, many firearms will be kept secretly, but people without proper authority for permitted restricted use would understand that if used without permission the penalties would be severe.
As for choice, there will sooner than expected be enough people in Congress to pass another national Roe, unless the GOP has a death wish for losing future elections.
So, these solutions are simple, but of course they are not likely to be easily enacted. Read here the mechanics of how to get an Amendment enacted.
Recall we tried prohibition from 1920 to 1933 which supposedly caused more drinking. Would gun control cause more killing? Don’t think so.
— Public News Service (@PNS_News) January 17, 2022
Thus, we will continue to stumble along in our self-inflicted purgatory indefinitely. Still for me, an idealist with no law degree, stating the truth of what needs doing is at least personally edifying.
And by the way, have we made considerable improvements in racial justice since Bull Conners, George Wallace and countless other bigots tried stop racial progress? The list of racial equity heroes is long and impressive.
Folks, I bet most of my readers agree it is far past time to pass these two new Constitutional Amendments, numbers 28 and 29 to our aged Constitution.
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— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
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