Here is an email I received from my friend, Jim Ronca, Esq. It is so well said, that I have nothing more to add, other than, please read it, pass it along, and share your thoughts.
The passage of 72 hours has not, for me, reduced the enormity of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I cannot imagine the anguish of those poor families. For the country as a whole and each one of us as parents, family members a
nd citizens, how do we deal with this? Can we not go to a mall, a movie theater , a bowling alley, a political rally, a place of worship or even send our kids to an elementary school without worry that some maniac will come in and shoot the place up. Can a police officer walk home from work without fear that he will be shot? (Echoing a recent event in Philly). Do we have to kowtow to a radical right wing organization, the NRA, because of a 225 year old sentiment in the Constitution about having a Militia in the era of colonialism, when we now stand as the mightiest power in the world? Do we have to suffer more than 10,000 gun murders per year, a much higher rate than any other industrialized nation? It is time to turn our anguish into action. In the same way that those seeking liberty in the Arab Spring used the Internet to change their government, we can start using the Internet to end the tyranny of the 2nd Amendment. Just like Obama used the Internet to raise large parts of his $1 billion campaign fund, so we can start to use it to fight back so a minority does not hold hostage all reasonable gun laws. We can help start and sustain a movement. We all have Facebook pages, yes even me, dozens or hundreds of "friends", linked in, twitter, YouTube many ways we can contact and energize people now.
Amend the Second Amendment!
It currently says:
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.
It was important at the time. America’s revolutionary army started as self armed militias. This was an era when even the best soldier, with his material all laid out could not fire more than one bullet in about 45 seconds. Militias were essential. The United States did not have a standing army until the late 1800’s. In fact the Constitution itself, in article 1, section 8 says,” To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two years.” While the Congress had the power to have a standing Navy, it’s power to fund an Army was limited to two years. Armies were raised as needed (e.g. The War of 1812).
The 2nd Amendment should be amended to reflect the modern world and modern values:
The people shall have the right to own firearms, subject to reasonable regulation by the Congress and the States. Congress shall not have the power to require a less restrictive regulation than that enacted by an individual state but shall have the power to require more restrictive regulation than an individual state.
In my own life, a former associate and friend, Todd Getgen, was shot and killed in a random murder. Todd was ex-military, a gun enthusiast and an owner of numerous specialty guns. He was also the most careful and responsible gun owner you could imagine and favored the reasonable regulation of guns. About 2 years ago, he was alone at a state game lands shooting range when a maniac arrived who had dreams of a militia overthrowing the government. He wanted Todd’s gun so he shot and killed him. His 7 year old son deprived of a loving father.
There is no reason why we don’t have regulations to enforce the care and responsibility exhibited by a gun owner like Todd. We regulate autos, and baby car seats and ladders and toxic paint in toys but we hardly regulate guns. Everyone should read the editorial by Nicholas Kristof at the following link.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/opinion/sunday/kristof-do-we-have-the-courage-to-stop-this.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0. It demonstrates the logic of reasonable regulation. We cannot stop all mass murderer but we can slow them down, make it harder. Why does anyone need a gun that fires every time you pull the trigger and can hold 30 bullets? A semi-automatic rifle can fire 2 to 3 bullets every second and can use a 30 round clip in 15 seconds. The Connecticut mass murderer used “numerous” 30 round clips in his rampage against first graders. Why would anyone ever need a semi-automatic military style weapon like this? Note that the criminal who shot Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscon AZ did not have high capacity clips and was wrested to the ground while changing clips before he could cause more mayhem. Each of the dead in Connecticut was shot numerous times. It is crazy that these guns are legal.
Let's start a movement. I am sure others are thinking the same. We can join in and turn our anguish into action. I am already in the process of creating a website. Can we get people to read it? Can we create a you tube video that might go viral? Let's start