Why The 2nd Amendment Is No Longer Necessary

There have been 19 mass shootings (defined as killing more than 5 people in each) in the USA since 2009. In Australia? Zero. Why? The Australian government passed strict gun control laws following the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.

In an interview on The Takeaway on NPR this morning Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave a history lesson on the 2nd Amendment. She explained that in the early days of the USA there was no organized army—there wasn’t any money to pay soldiers. The country’s defense relied upon the state militias who could be called up when needed to defend the country. These militias were made up of volunteers who were required to own certain specific weapons (like muskets) for this purpose. The “right to bear arms” was more like an obligation to bear arms so as to be ready to defend the country. This is the history behind the 2nd Amendment.

It’s time for a reality check and a move into the 21st century.

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  1. Convincing the NRA and gun rights enthusiasts, to reduce the number of guns, will be a difficult thing to accomplish with the existing paranoia of the government enacting martial law and taking away our guns.

    There are many more countries that have low gun violence and limited guns.
    Here are a few resources that define this correlation:

    8 Shocking Ways America Leads the World
    AlterNet / By Lynn Stuart Parramore
    The New American Exceptionalism: Number one in obesity, guns, prisoners, anxiety, and more…

    Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country
    By Max Fisher, Published: December 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    What makes America’s gun culture totally unique in the world, in four charts
    By Max Fisher, Published: December 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Comparisons of Crime in OECD Countries
    The UN affiliated European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control has recently published the most up
    to date international comparison of crime statistics.

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