People are more important than guns
I don’t think the second amendment matters more than the people who continue to die gun-related deaths in the United States.
Two mass shootings occurred in the USA within hours of each other; the Walmart store shooting in El Paso, Texas (which killed 20 people and injured 26 more) which was carried out by 21-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius, and another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, (which killed ten people, including the shooter and his sister, and injured 27) which was carried out by 24-year-old Connor Stephen Betts. Both perpetrators were white males. In Patrick's case, police are reasonably confident that he uploaded a right-wing white nationalist anti-immigrant manifesto to 8chan minutes before the attack. He told investigators that he wanted to shoot as many Mexicans as possible, and indeed, the victims included six Mexican citizens. At the time of writing this, 251 mass shootings have occurred in the United States in 2019 alone.
Whenever there's a mass shooting, there are calls for thoughts and prayers. Politicians across the board usually condemn the incidents and ask for God to bless those who were killed and injured. This is ridiculous. The time of thoughts and prayers is over. It is time for action.
Let me change that.
I don’t think that the right to bear arms is more important than the right to live. I don’t think the second amendment matters more than the people who continue to die gun-related deaths in the United States. I don’t think this is ever going to end; fourteen years after I cried for the children of Columbine High School, I shed tears for the children of Sandy Hook.
When the US constitution was drafted, it was a different time; the country was young and peace was still fragile. The guns were lethal at the time, but nowhere near as lethal as the guns of today. When the founding fathers wrote the constitution, it took about a minute to reload a musket with gun powder; now you can fire off several rounds of bullets in one minute using an automatic weapon or a larger weapon (like AK-47s which are apparently available on the US black market if you know the right people).
These, by the way, are the guns in question. These are not recreational weapons, or whatever you need a gun for. This isn’t a hunting rifle (and yes, I detest hunting with a passion). These are weapons for use on battlefields; these guns were designed with one purpose and one purpose only: to inflict maximum casualties in minimum time. And they were both bought legally.
So, USA, you find yourselves at a crossroads. Again. Tell me, please, what will it take? It didn’t take the 12 children and 1 teacher murdered at Columbine, Colorado. It didn’t take the 32 people who were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre. It didn’t take the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords which didn’t kill her, but which did kill 5 other people. It didn’t take the 12 people who died in the Colorado movie theatre tragedy. It didn’t take the 6 people killed in the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. It didn't take the 27 who died in the Sandy Hook tragedy. It didn't take the 11 people who perished in the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting. It didn't take the 17 who died in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. What about now? Will it take the 36 who died in El Paso and Dayton?
Constitutions can be amended for a reason; they must always reflect the reality of the world we *currently* live in. Enough is enough is enough.