As mass shootings continue to solidify their place in the canon of American lifestyle, calls for increased gun control have, finally, become an oft proposed solution to curtailing firearm violence. Not to be outshouted, however, are the gun lovers who retreat to the hallowed ground of the U.S. Constitution, holding up the 2nd Amendment, sticking out their tongues and screaming, “I told you so!”
While the veracity of the 2nd Amendment as a justification for gun ownership can (and should) be debated, I am going to grant these firearm-fetishizers their most explosive wet dream: yes, the 2nd Amendment means you can own whatever quantity of any firearm that your fearful, angry, violent little heart desires.
I have a different question: so what? So what if the founding fathers wanted everyone to have access to firearms? That was 200 fucking years ago; there have been some changes since then. Sure, at the time, these men constructed a very effective governing document that has allowed our government to thrive for so long. But I think they’ve done enough. Maybe it’s time we take over with this whole governing thing.
Unyielding adherence to a centuries-old document just because an influential group of dudes wrote it is, quite frankly, stupid (and don’t call me Shirley). Let’s trust ourselves to use what knowledge we have gained in the last couple of centuries to help improve our society and stop holding up the words of a few dead guys as a reason for the proliferation of violence and death.