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The Madness of Gun Ownership

We like the idea of Nancy Pelosi, who once said: "If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated."

            The Madness of Gun Ownership

by: Dave & Nita Anand

 

We all have heard the expression that time is a great healer. But what we have not heard too often is that it also attenuates the impact of the event as time goes by. The Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech and Columbine horrors have faded and with the passage of time and the memory of Newtown, Conn., massacre – caused by a military-style killing machine -- will also decay for the event to become just one more carnage marker on the highway of mass murders. The tragic episode played out in Sandy Hook Elementary School proved once more that, under the veil of “citizen protection,” guns are killing Americans, including young children, and that big guns kill big time.

Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, the right to bear arms made sense because the country was very violent and had little or no protection by law enforcement agencies compared to what we have today. It is laughable that we have the over 200 year old law governing the personal safety of Americans in the 21st century, when the citizenry is being protected by the most powerful law enforcement in
the history of civilization.


Second Amendment

In the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment to the Constitution reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

In Federalist Paper 46, James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, addressed the prevalent concern that a standing federal army might carry out a coup to take over the nation and so he found a way to counter that situation by having militia bear arms. Some federal courts have ruled that the Second Amendment does not apply to individual citizens of the United States but only to members of militias, which, they assert, are now the state National Guard units; few people will have problem with that.

And not in 1,000 years can the United States have a coup the way it is structured politically, militarily and legally these days. Should there be one, even the millions of assault weapons will prove little (or nothing) in front of the might of the military to stop that coup, in which case – the current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or his second in command General Martin E. Dempsey would take over as President like Pervez Musharraf did in Pakistan back in 2001.


Gun Statistics

Americans are submerged in guns, when one is too many. Private citizens are estimated to own between 250 million and 300 million guns; roughly 16 million Americans buy firearms every year or 44,000 guns per day. About 40 percent of U.S. households possess one or more weapons that 23.9 percent of the time, are used on the owner, by family members, friends or someone else (as per a study by Dr. Arthur Kellermann in 1993).

Unfortunately, that many guns are not flowers; they are evil in nature as is the mind that goes for them instead of flowers, which exude freshness, love, peace and happiness because that is the essence of flowers. The more we manufacture and acquire these devilish machines, the more wickedness we add to the already cumulative evil from 300 million guns.

Turns out the mother of the Newtown shooter, trying to develop a feeling of safety by owning half a dozen weapons, instead, nurtured an attitude of violence in and around the house, and beyond. Easy access of guns helped in sparking the mayhem at the mother’s house followed by the Sandy Hook Elementary School carnage.

On the other hand, a decision to not own guns helps in promoting an attitude of pacifism and non-violence. The Second Amendment affords marginal value for personal safety today in light of our very strong law enforcement and instead, it is encouraging unimaginable hyper-violence. Safety from not bearing arms is a better way when the need today is for more pacifism and the fruits of non-violence rather than the gun toting of the frontier days.

One only has to look to Mahatma Gandhi for the perfect example of the power of non-violence. His non-violence approach was able to defeat the powerful and lethally armed Great Britain without firing a shot. Britain’s power was helpless against the potency of pacifism.

We don’t own a gun and will not own one, making us an easy target, like those 20 little kids (now angels). We wish we could replace two of them.


What to Do?

We like the idea of Nancy Pelosi, the current minority leader of the United States House of Representatives, who once said: "If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated."

Now that gun ownership has become intrinsic to America’s culture,  outright banning of all firearms would be an unthinkable law to pass in Congress, even if our powerful law enforcement is quite capable of search and confiscation of all the 300 million guns, should it come to that. However, we can take a slight solace in that the Second Amendment does not vest rights in anyone, including militia,
to build an arsenal of military grade weapons.

Banning assault weapons and high-capacity clips with more than 10 bullets each should be a no brainer. Other worthwhile measures to consider include: limitation on total purchase of bullets and guns (maximum of two guns), gun buybacks with cash incentives, restrictions on gun show and Internet sales, as well as  requirements for more reliable background checks with screening of prospective gun buyers for criminal and mental-health records.

The success of Australia’s recent buyback program is worth examining. Their government bought and eliminated 700,000 guns between 1996 and 1998, when in 1996 they created “The National Firearms Agreement,” to ban and compulsorily buyback the outlawed weapons as a result of the senseless killing of 35 Australians at a resort in Tasmania. According to Journal of Law and Economics,
Australia has seen a 59 percent reduction in homicides, 74 percent reduction in suicides since 1996, and there has been no gun massacre since then.

Surely, America can do better by raising the ante. We should establish a $150 billion fund to buyback all of 300 million guns at $500 apiece, at the same time, strictly controlling and curtailing the purchase of new guns. Should our buyback policy succeed, it will be a small price for enhancing the safety of all citizens, including the vulnerable young children.

More importantly, the nation will be re-designed from square one in this respect, as James Madison did in the early 19th century. And we will be “Reset” to see the fruits of pacifism and non-violence that have eluded Americans for too long.

Dave and Nita Anand hail from peace loving India and do not own any guns and nor will they – EVER

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Dave Anand January 20, 2013 at 05:11 PM
We are not suggesting to take away people's rights, we are suggesting to change the over 200-year law that does not make sense in the 21st Century by majority, and if the new law does not pass by majority - the old law will stay. Yes, Guns are tools whose essence is to kill, unlike a flower that represents - freshness, love, peace, happines and hope. A Gun is a “killing machine” or a Special Tool that by nature kills. Bigger guns of today are Big-Killing-Machines; a Very-Special-Tool that must not be allowed in the hands of a private citizen, whether stable or not. BTW, if a TANK (Monstrous-Killing-Machine or THE TOOL) was on sale in the market – there will be people you call STABLE (I view them INSANE) ready to buy and park them in their backyard! Big Guns should not be available – PERIOD. We must look into the following: 1.Do people need guns that shoot 4-6 rounds per second and kill 26 people within 3 minutes? 2.Guns are by nature evil and more of them or bigger guns add to already cumulative evil from 300 million guns. 3.The more we manufacture and acquire these devilish machines, the more wickedness we add to the already cumulative evil from 300 million guns. 4.WE MUST GET RID OF ANY ENTITY THAT BY NATURE IS EVIL. 5.Erasing, Deleting, and throwing out 2nd Amendment make the most sense in 21st Century in which we have the most protection ever from Law Enforcement. 6. Take care of the mentally ill.
John Strother January 20, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Autos and trucks kill people too, and some people think they are evil. Gossip, greed, self centered, and many other things are evil. They are entities by nature evil. Yet I see you don't call for the ban on alcohol, which fuels most of these public out rages. Alcohol when over consumed turns an angle into a devil, yet you don't call for it's ban. I say you are blinded by a utopia that you wish everyone was like you. Fully automatic rifles are banned already. Hence your so called 4 to 6 shots per second. Just because a gun looks like an assault weapon does not make it one. Fully automatic rifles have been banned for decades.
Dave Anand January 20, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Autos & trucks are not evil; the primary purpose is to move one from a point A to Point B. Only .00000001% of times do billions of vehicles when operated does someone have an intention of running over a person. When one operates a gun - it kills over 80% of times. Experts will tell you to reduce if one is unable to eliminate evils such as: greed, thievery, Alcoholism, drugs, anger, porn, corruption, egoism, and so on and instead replace them with: love, compassion, humility, goodness, etc. Just like humans cannot be perfect, countries will not be Utopia either, but we can steer both in that direction and getting rid of guns is one factor in that mission, along with - greed, thievery, Alcoholism, drugs, anger, porn, corruption, and egoism. Please change your view & fight for - NO GUNS; fight for love, compassion, humility & goodness.
John Strother January 22, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Dave & Nita Anand 12:11 pm on Sunday, January 20, 2013 We are not suggesting to take away people's rights The 2nd amendment is the right to own and bear arms. who are you lying to? You are not trying to take away anyone's rights by have this amendment removed? Without guns, only the criminals will have guns, another black market appears where a legal one once existed. Plus I will say, when Washington DC (a few decades ago) banned concealed weapons the next day arm robberies went up something like 300 %. You want this all across the USA? Other wise law abiding citizens whom feel that they best enjoy the comforts and peaceful uses of their homes, if they have a weapon on hand, You want to take that away from them? A gun kills over 80% of the time, oh come on now. I used to hunt, I fired way more shells at targets than I killed animals. Plus most of the time when a gun is used in a crime, I bet the person shooting rarely hits their target. When you shoot a gun, you get nervous, you shake, unless you are a trained professional. So I really don't believe your comment of a gun killing at a rate of 80%. That is really very hard to believe. Humans killing Humans, with whatever is 100%.Plus when most criminals shoot, they are not shooting to kill, they want to get away. So again, I find that remark of 80% very far fetched.
Dave Anand January 22, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Our Thoughts: 1. If majority (We, The People) wants to change the gun law, or even remove the anachronistic 2nd Amendment, and the NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT - it must be obeyed by everyone with the exclusion of - Law enforcement, Military and other such entities, who have a need, with Special Permits. [Here we are not taking rights away, we are trying to convince for gun law change, and if so, to enforce THE NEW LAW]. 2. Put Criminals in Jail, and walk with a Flower instead of a Gun. We must transform from the 2 century old mentality of "Have Gun - Will Kill" to " Have Flower - Will Love." 3. 80% could be far fetched as I applied the 80:20 formula to an issue whose statistics are unavailable. The point is when guns are operated, they kill at an extremely high rate than the minuscule (.0000001%) times a vehicle is operated for that purpose. The essence of a gun is to kill, whether in self-defense or otherwise; a vehicle transports. 4. Fight for - NO GUNS; fight for love, compassion, humility & goodness. AND 5. Take care of mentally ill - a nature disorder that existed thousands of years ago before guns - a manmade disorder.

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