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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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Tyrone B. Iggums January 08, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I pose a danger to you all by being a gun owner? Though I respect your beliefs, you also pose a danger to me (as well as every single person that could harm me by whatever means. Purposefully or accidentally). How about you take your energy and effort in disarming America and put it towards forcing a culture change within ourselves and our government where family values, community, and moral fibers are strengthened and maybe, just maybe, people wouldn't bring about the evil towards innocent people. By the way, when these incidents happen, almost always the coward(s) behind the rampages choose a target in which the chance of being stopped/confronted/challenged is the least. Why are there never rampages at gun shows, shooting ranges, etc? It is because even crazed lunatics know they do not stand a chance against well-armed citizens that would fight back. I have been around the world and seen time and time again what happens to people that cannot protect themselves. Sure, we have the best police force in the modern world. I will tell you this, no police man/woman sits in front of my house 24/7 so how am I safe all the time? I saw this in Afghanistan when we'd try to get villages/villagers to cooperate with us in order for us to be able to provide better security against the more heavily armed Taliban. They wouldn't help us because we couldn't guarantee when we'd be back and the Taliban (doesn't follow the government laws) come and go as they please.
Donald Lee January 08, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Well said. Police and the military are necessary, but cannot possibly do the job of the vigilant citizen doing those prudent things that make sense locally. By the logic of those who would disarm America, bank guards should all be fired, and we should remove the locks from our doors, because the police are all-powerful. This is rubbish. We enjoy a country where with a high degree of prosperity and security. We forget that freedom comes at great cost, not only in the sacrifice of our military, but the diligence and sacrifice of the average citizen. Freedom and the Rule of Law must be defended - at cost - by every citizen. When crimes are committed, and the police arrest the culprit, victims and witnesses must step forward, in open court, to convict and punish lawbreakers. If citizens are not willing to testify, the lawbreakers go free to offend again. This is what happens in war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq. All depends on popular support, and if the people are not willing to take the substantial risks involved in defending themselves, and opposing the "bad guys", the "bad guys" win. This is what is different in the US. An apparently bogus quote about the Japanese invading the US: "there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass". I like it that way. (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/05/misquoting-yamamoto/)
Ja young January 11, 2013 at 02:48 AM
What a disgusting statement. The use of the term "retarded" is offensive and bigoted making your entire "pacifist, love will keep us together, give peace a chance schtick" a joke. Don't like guns? Don't buy one. Simple.
J. Griffin Crump January 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Many years ago, I met a young man who had recently come here from India. He had been an avid hunter there. We shared that passion and, over the years, have spent many happy days afield hunting deer, small game and waterfowl, and eating all that we killed. One night, not long after he married, a deranged man broke into his home through the front door. My friend grabbed one of his rifles, but, rather than shoot the man, he clubbed him over the head, breaking the gunstock in the process. Then, with the help of one of his dogs, he held the man until the sheriff arrived. He worked his way up from odd jobs to upper management of a large corporation. He made a wonderful Indian meal for my son and me the night before last. As we relaxed after dinner, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, and the trophies of many hunts mounted on the walls above us, he smiled and said "I have lived the American dream." Guns evil? He and I think not.
Donald Lee January 26, 2013 at 05:53 AM
;->
Dave & Nita Anand January 26, 2013 at 07:38 PM
W have lived the half American Dream, but we strongly believe in NO GUNS for common folks in the 21st Century protected by the most powerful Law Enforcement & Military the World has ever known. My father-in-law was a General in the Indian Army(artillary) and won several wars; his house in Punjab, India has many Shining Empty Shells as Trophies since the first of each war is given to the commanding officer. Back in Punjab University, we would hunt partridges, peacocks, rabbits, etc in the backyard of Engineering college and chief chef would cook a great dinner for a group of us. You know what - you do not need a Military style Assault weapon with 30 to 100 round magazines to kill them - 1 or 2 shots are enough, even for a deer or bison for a Huge Trophy. Assault Weapons that can shoot 4-6 rounds per second and kill 26 people within 3 minutes - does that constitute the American Dream? Dream like MLK did - for peace and equality and love. Dream of conquering the fear of gun mania, dream of writing a book or two, as I have and dare the gun owners with - compassion, humility, and more humility to convince them in surrendering and dropping their guns. Death from a gun(in the hands of a bad guy or a good guy) or its fear, does not come in my dream.
Donald Lee January 26, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Unfortunately, surrender is an appropriate word. Those deaths may not be in your dream, but they are in our reality. You keep your dream. I'll keep the 2nd amendment.
Paul Wilkins September 20, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Your understanding of the 2nd Amendment is an equivocation fallacy. Words don't mean the same thing as they did when the Constitution was penned. Militia does not mean an organized militia, the militia was understood to be the body of male citizens. Well regulated also doesn't have anything to do with regulation, it refers to something to functions properly. There are contemporary references to well regulated clocks for instance
Dave & Nita Anand September 20, 2013 at 05:18 AM
The world is very different than 200 years ago. Not in their dreams did Founders' have today's Internet in their mind. Vocabulary, words, rules and laws that govern us today have changed as well. You had another senseless killing at Navy Yard in your backyard - GUNS kill - they are not flowers. Give one mentally sick man a few Guns and another mentally sick person a bunch of flowers - can you imagine/dream the difference in outcome, should they flare up for a reason or no reason. Surrender and give up guns, it is not too late to embrace pacifism, love, flowers, peace, progress, ----.
Beka Martinez September 20, 2013 at 07:47 AM
I woke at 3AM one morning to find a stranger standing in the hallway outside my son's room dressed in nothing but a long sweater and a pair of socks. Having 2 seriously disabled sons and my husband out of town, I pulled my 9mm Glock and ordered him to leave. He did so - would it have had the same effect had I approached him with a handful of posies? I doubt it. Additionally, I called the police - you know, the "government officials there for my protection" - and was told they would respond "in time". You say we don't live in the dangerous times of the past - have you looked at the crime statistics lately? You say no one's personal belongings are worth another person's life; if he didn't value his life enough to leave my hard earned things alone, why should I value his life enough to let him take them and do without something I worked hard for and earned? You say we don't live in the same times as the people of Germany in the 30's & 40's? Since when have dictators been eradicated? Because they are Americans that can't happen? Criminals are dealt with swiftly and firmly? Quite a joke - The prison system is a revolving door. I would love to have some of whatever you're smoking - must be nice.
Dave & Nita Anand September 20, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Did any of the 12 killed in Navy Yard had a chance to protect themselves with a gun in their hand. God giveth life and HE taketh when he wants you back. You are lucky the stranger at your house did not have 5 guns blazing in his hands. If it happens to anyone God forbid - it will be because we FAILED to disarm or people did not surrender their guns. Regarding smoking - never have, never will, my religion prohibits that. Do inhale/exhale tons of NAAM(God's WORD) to be high on AATMIC PLEASURE/AANAND/SUKH than what you have in mind.
Jonathan Krall September 20, 2013 at 09:43 AM
"Militia does not mean an organized militia, the militia was understood to be the body of male citizens. Well regulated also doesn't have anything to do with regulation, it refers to something to functions properly." Oh yes. Our militia is totally functioning properly. ... (exhales) ... and that's some great weed you've got there. Thanks for sharing.
Dave & Nita Anand September 20, 2013 at 09:51 AM
Perhaps this might help: Militia (United States) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The term militia in the United States has been defined and modified by Congress several times throughout U.S. history. As a result, the meaning of "the militia" is complex and has transformed over time.[1] It has historically been used to describe all able-bodied men who are not members of the Army or Navy (Uniformed Services). From the U.S. Constitution, Article II (The Executive branch), Sec. 2, Clause 1: "The President shall be the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States when called into the actual service of the United States." Today, the term militia is used to describe a number of groups within the United States. Primarily, these are: The organized militia defined by the Militia Act of 1903, which repealed section two hundred thirty-two and sections 1625 - 1660 of title sixteen of the Revised Statutes, consists of State militia forces, notably the National Guard and the Naval Militia.[2] The National Guard however, is not to be confused with the National Guard of the United States, which is a federally recognized reserve military force, although the two are linked. The reserve militia[3] are part of the unorganized militia defined by the Militia Act of 1903 as consisting of every able-bodied man of at least 17 and under 45 years of age who is not a member of the National Guard or Naval Militia. Former members of the armed forces are also considered part of the "unorganized militia" per Sec 313 Title 32 of the US Code.[2] Please use "W" for the WORD of God, not WEED of Hippies.
Donald Lee September 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM
The US Supreme Court dealt with the history and rationale of the founders when the 2nd amendment was written in the Heller decision: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/07pdf/07-290.pdf Their analysis is relevant and compelling. I urge people to read it. Summaries written by those with agendas are always inferior to the actual decision.
Jody September 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Guns are not "evil" as you say. They are amoral. They can be used by bad guys to kill/rob/intimidate etc. and they can be used by good guys for hunting/target shooting/self-defense etc. If there were no evil or violent or lawless people in the world, we wouldn't need guns. You need to make your appeal for pacifism to the very people who won't listen-- those who are willing to use a gun to harm others. Appealing to gun owners is an appeal to disarm themselves and make themselves and their families defenseless. Why you would want to be an easy target is a mystery to me.
Donald Lee September 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Mr. Anand does not want to make himself an easy target, he wants everyone (you) to be an easy target.
Dave & Nita Anand September 21, 2013 at 06:57 AM
If you had your wish, all Babies will be given half a dozen guns to feel safe as soon as they appear. And for a minute do not assume you are safer with a few guns you own, in fact, you decreased that safety, even if you carry a gun all the time.
Dave & Nita Anand September 21, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Guns are evil by nature, unlike flowers. Bad guys need to be disarmed first, and then good guys must surrender their so called good guns, they are as evil as the ones with bad guys. The only difference is that guns with bad guys make everyone an easy target, which 12 killed at Navy Yard found the sad way. Instead of guns - give flowers to both bad and good guys and then see the difference.
Donald Lee September 21, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Please let me know when the Bad Guys agree to your plan. When they do, we can talk.
Dave & Nita Anand September 21, 2013 at 01:36 PM
The bad guys will be dealt after congress passes a gun law by a combination of monetary incentive in a buy back scheme and confiscation after 3-6 month period of voluntary surrender as well as penalty for not becoming clean. After that cleansing by the most powerful law enforcement, the good guys should be given 12 months to surrender their guns after which - they will face similar music as the bad guys. This is more doable than obamacare by IRS.
Jody September 21, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I will never "surrender" my guns and neither will millions of other law-abiding, peaceful citizens who believe in our right as free citizens to own firearms for our own use and protection. I guess your plan is to neuter the good guys to starve the supply of guns available to the bad guys-- not going to work because a) we won't give up our guns, and b) bad guys will always have guns. Babies can't use guns but their parents can certainly protect them with theirs. I never touch my guns, except for occasional practice, but if my family, neighbors, etc. are in danger of their lives-- I know I have it to try to protect them. This is not evil, this is being a good, loving citizen who treasures the lives of those he loves.
Dave & Nita Anand September 21, 2013 at 04:38 PM
1. The most powerful law enforcement of all times will make sure bad guys will have no guns after gun law passes. Only after this is achieved will good guys be asked to surrender. 2. You have a false faith in guns to protect the lives of those you love. Pray to God - he is the only savior of you and your loved ones, not guns - they are instruments of death. I may have tens of guns and still not take the next breathe because God rang the bell for me and he can ring the bell a number of ways, including guns in the hands of bad guys and even your good guys with good guns. When the time is up, there are myriad ways one must exit.
Jody September 21, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Gun confiscation will bring about WWIII here in the US and all freedom loving countries. How peaceful will that be??? I certainly don't think I'm God, I just don't accept being a doormat when evil comes knocking on my door and I have tools of protection at my disposal. I guess you don't have car insurance, health insurance, seat belts in your car, smoke alarms, etc. because when your time is up, it's up. No need to take precautions against something bad happening to you.
Dave & Nita Anand September 21, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Two fallacies: 1. World Wars are between nations, you are suggesting revisiting Civil War. 2. A Death event is much more significant event than your mundane car accidents and health accidents for which your insurance coverage helps you. There is no insurance for death, unless God gives you that insurance - a GUN is no insurance against death, in fact, it hastens your death as the unlucky 12 found out at the Navy Yard. GET RID OF EVIL, THE GUNS.
Jody September 21, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I'm sure you are educated enough to know what I meant by the reference to WWIII, so please spare me the semantics. Dying by car accident, fire, cancer and at the hands of a murderer are all related in that they are quite often preventable if you do what you can to protect and defend yourself from harm. A gun is an instrument. I can't imagine why you insist on calling guns evil when only PEOPLE can turn them to evil use. The poor souls at the Navy Yard were killed by a deranged murderer, not by "evil" guns. Pretending that disarming people and handing them a flower will somehow turn murders without conscience into good guys, is extremely naive.
Dave & Nita Anand September 21, 2013 at 05:56 PM
A flower is an instrument too - it is instrument of love, peace, freshness, and so on. As a thing - A Gun is evil by nature - do you get that? Put flowers in the hand of your deranged man and imagine the outcome - CAN YOU? Our law enforcement is much more capable than you give them credit. They will DISARM BAD GUYS by force if necessary and even sometimes by giving their lives for your freedom. All you have to do is give up your evil possession after the BAD GUYS have been forced to disarm. Try being a pacifist for a change and FEEL THE DIFFERENCE.
Donald Lee September 21, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Tools are never either good or evil. They are just tools. The faith that people have in government and law enforcement to be omnipotent is a mystery to me. There is a long list of things that are illegal that keep happening. Enforcement, even by the "most powerful" can be very, very difficult. Without public support, impossible. If it were so easy to just "pass a law", why are people still speeding and running red lights? How about smuggling and using drugs? Why do we have so many in prison? In the case of guns, a large segment of the population would fight such a law rather than support it. Look at Northern Ireland. How well did the UK do getting rid of the weapons of the IRA? And that's the "Good Guys". The "Bad Guys" are an even larger problem. Eradicating guns (from the Bad Guys) would be much harder than eradicating drugs. Thinking otherwise ignores logic, history and common sense.
Jody September 21, 2013 at 07:36 PM
At least you recognize the need for armed law enforcement to fight the bad guys. It shouldn't be such a stretch for you to believe that people should desire and should have the right to arm themselves-- the police can't possibly be everywhere at every time. The time to show love to people is not when they are trying to kill you or your loved ones. To me, a pacifist is someone who doesn't value human life enough to protect it. Imagine if every good person was a pacifist: we'd be handing our beautiful world over to those who would take advantage of our helplessness and unwillingness to fight back. Over time they would pick us off and there would be no good left in the world. Isn't anything worth fighting and dying for to you???
Dave & Nita Anand September 21, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Pacifism to me is worth dying for. UK and Australia have had good results of controlling, getting rid of guns and reducing homicides. Do not underestimate your law enforcement, they will disarm the bad guys quite easily - just give them the law to do so.
Jody September 21, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Why don't you eschew guns and advocate for making gun ownership illegal, while I keep mine and advocate for my right to own guns. We both stand on principle. Tolerance and diversity of opinion, what a beautiful thing. Disarming the bad guys will not be easy; it will be just as hard as getting law-abiding gun owners to disarm and that will be absolutely impossible short of all out war. I guess that's what liberals want, a locked down police state where big brother government watches and controls our every move and our kids are taught to inform on their parents. Oh yeah, that's the way it was in communist countries-- look how happily that all turned out.

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