In the USA, patriotism grows out of the barrel of a gun

What about that well-regulated militia part of the second amendment?

(Theo Stroomer | The New York Times) Police vehicles in the parking lot of the Boulder King Soopers grocery store following a shooting that killed several people in Boulder, Colorado on Monday March 22, 2021.

By Christopher Smart | Especially for The Tribune

In the United States, patriotism grows from the barrel of a gun. Just ask Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert or Georgia Rep. Majorie Taylor Green. If you want to be patriotic, take your Glock with you wherever you go including this nation’s Capitol. You see, we have to protect freedom and our right to take over arms under the second amendment to the constitution.

It also means that crazy people can easily buy assault rifles and commit murder attacks that kill innocent children, women and men – which also destroys their families and communities. Some freedom.

In the 1770s, the founders could not imagine life in 2021. If they could, there wouldn’t be a second change. Then General George Washington, who led the small continental army, needed the help of local militias. Civilians in the imposing red coats would soon be gathering for skirmishes. Even after the war of independence, the founders feared that the young democracy could be overrun by foreign forces.

The second change then made sense: “A well-regulated militia, which is necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and carry weapons, must not be violated.”

Today we have a well-regulated militia – the National Guard. The nation is not overrun by foreign powers. Then why do people insist that any American can buy a gun on demand?

According to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote for a 5-4 majority in the District of Columbia v. Heller case in 2008, “The second amendment protects an individual right to own a firearm that is unrelated to service in affiliated with a militia, and to use this arm for traditionally lawful purposes, e.g. B. for self-defense at home. “

Not connected? Why did the founders even mention militias?

The modern political framework against gun control was established in 1979 when the National Rifle Association became stricter in defending gun rights and interpreting the Second Amendment, according to Robert Spitzer of the State University of New York.

Until then, the NRA supported waiting times and background checks. But since the December 14, 2012 massacre of Sandy Hook Elementary, in which 20 young children and six adults were killed, the NRA has halted all national efforts to ensure appropriate weapons restrictions.

The late 1970s was also the time when Richard Viguerie and Paul Weyrich recruited televangelist Jerry Falwell into a coalition of economic and social conservatives to develop a “family-friendly” agenda, according to historian Jill Lapore. It would target abortion, gay rights, the Equal Rights Amendment and sex education and sow the seeds of “culture wars”. Guns became part of the mix.

A June 2018 report by the Small Arms Survey estimated that American civilians own 393 million weapons. Even so, conservative experts and politicians often proclaim, “You come for your weapons,” and every restriction, no matter how small, leads to a complete ban.

According to an August 2019 Quinnipiac poll, 61 percent of Americans are in favor of stricter gun laws (which has now dropped to 57 percent). But the breakdown by party is telling: 91 percent of Democrats want stricter gun laws, as do 59 percent of Independents, but only 32 percent of Republicans want them.

Columbine was 22 years ago. Think about it. In 2020, there were 43,469 firearm deaths in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Of them, 19, 379 were murders, 24,090 were suicides. However, we shouldn’t expect Republican leaders to make significant changes to gun laws until their wives, daughters or sons are shot.

Christopher Smart is a freelance journalist based in Salt Lake City and the author of Smart Bomb, which appears in City Weekly.

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