2nd Amendment Is A Blessing, Not A Curse
2nd Amendment Is A Blessing, Not A Curse
According to an editorial in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, the 2nd Amendment is a curse, and those who legally purchase and carry guns are engaged in a fetish of the worst kind. Yes, the editorial board goes after LEGAL gun owners and completely ignores the criminals who break all the laws to use guns to rob or kill people.
Our governor just responded by signing new legislation to sharply limit where guns can be carried in New Jersey. Where you have fewer guns and stricter laws, you have fewer gun injuries and deaths, research has shown. Yet while most people are solidly on his side, the law may not withstand legal challenges. The gun lobby has vowed that it “will go down in a flaming ash heap.”
Tell that to Chicago, who has some of the strictest gun control laws on the books and had yet another record year of gun violence.
Chicago police officers last month recovered 940 illegal firearms — an average of more than 30 recoveries each day — bringing the yearly total up to 10,778. Of those, 904 were assault weapons and 678 were unserialized “ghost” guns.
According to police data, there have also been 1,409 vehicular hijackings recorded in 2022, which marks a 2% drop compared with 2021, while the number of carjacking-related arrests is up 18% year-to-date.
Oh sure, the homicide stats were lower by Oct 2022 than in 2021 or even 2020, but overall gun violence across Chicago is still high. Let’s look at New York City or St. Louis. Their gun violence stats aren’t pretty either.
Police reported 30 homicides in the city during November, up from 25 during the same month in 2021.
A review of the seven major crime categories shows increases in three other areas, too: Felony assaults were up 1,957 to 2,016, or 3%; robberies rose from 1,439 to 1,491, an increase of 3.6%, and car thefts jumped from 1034 to 1,131, or 9.4%.
Keep in mind, the gun violence was committed by CRIMINALS. Yet the Star-Ledger editorial board is vilifying Americans for simply owning a gun legally and committing ZERO crimes.
The editorial board wants the entire state, heck they want the entire country to be a gun free zone with more regulations!
Yet even with this extremist ruling, there’s still plenty that Congress could do: Require background checks for all gun purchases, along with better training, safe storage and trigger locks. Take guns from abusive spouses, and tighten up the enforcement of laws on straw purchases of weapons. Build an effective red-flag system. After all, if a militia is “well-regulated” on its use of arms, shouldn’t the average American be?
*Sigh. I love how they twist the meaning of “well-regulated” and infer that it’s up to our National Guard or police to keep us safe while completely ignoring our Colonial history and the REASON as to why the 2nd Amendment was specifically written into our Constitution.
A. The colonies didn’t have a militia nor national guard. Only in times of need were the colonists asked to muster and defend.
B. Britain specifically wanted to take all guns from the colonists and render them unable to defend themselves against anyone nor use their weapons to get food.
That, taxing without representation, and not allowing freedom of speech were key drivers that led to our Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. Those issues are why we have the 2nd Amendment!
As for not having the right tools, that’s bullshit. Background checks are required on all gun purchases. Period. Criminals don’t buy guns legally. So the current laws on the books, while working for LEGAL gun owners, are useless when it comes to criminals. The media knows and ignores that relevant fact.
Oh, but the journalists at the Star-Ledger have a FINE idea of how to solve this gun curse!
There it is, just north of our border, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is almost reaching the point of banning gun sales in Canada. They have no Second Amendment, no constitutional right to gun ownership. Guns are treated the same as any other consumer good that the government can regulate.
Except there’s a couple of problems with their grandiose idea of following Canada’s crackdown on guns.
The 2nd Amendment is NOT a curse. What's a curse is living in a society without lawful firearms. It's a dystopian nightmare. It's easy to hold this view when your relatives didn't live under totalitarian regimes like mine did… https://t.co/hgSuw1vsqR— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) January 4, 2023
That is completely true. Furthermore, the Star-Ledger has freedom of the press via the 1st Amendment that allows them to peddle this crap and allows us to push back against it. In Canada, freedom of the press or free speech is run by the government. We saw that with the trucker protests where the government wanted truckers jailed for speaking out against the Covid restrictions.
Jordan Peterson is facing “reeducation” because some idiots have complained that his speech hurt them in their little feelings.
I am to take a course of such training (with reports documenting my "progress" or face an in-person tribunal and suspension of my right to operate as a licensed clinical psychologist.— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) January 3, 2023
The folks at the New Jersey Star-Ledger believe that Canada is a gun-free utopia, and so we should adopt their totalitarian method of governing, which throws out the entire Constitution. That would mean lawful Americans wouldn’t be allowed to defend themselves, which evidently the folks at the Star-Ledger are fine with.
If they want to be free of this gun curse so badly, then they should move to Canada. Oh wait, Canada just banned foreign home ownership. Oops. Guess they are stuck like chuck with having to live with that curse of a 2nd Amendment.
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