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Thursday, January 3, 2013

The 2nd Amendment is Outdated and Irrelevant

With the recent shootings in the US, the subject of gun control and gun rights, very quickly leads to the 2nd Amendment.

Which states: "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."

Which was added to the US Constitution, along with several other much more interesting and important amendments, (like the Bill of Rights) on December 15, 1791.

Yes, 1791.

In 1791, the state of the art assault rifle of the day was this:

The only accessory or option you could buy for it, available at the time, was this:

All of this was based on the assumption that you absolutely needed this kind of firepower in order to resist and be seriously offended by King George who was trying to take away your freedom to not pay his taxes. Or, you needed to be ready in case you had to fight this:

So here's you in 1791, all armed and ready with your state of the art answer to the hegemony that is standing between you and your God given freedom. Namely Britannia.

Fast forward to today.

The National Rifle Association, the pre-eminent proponent of guns in the US, often headed by famous windbags, would still have you believe that the only thing between you and your freedom being taken away by not the Brits, but your own government, is your personal preference for a customized, fully automatic, high capacity clip fed full of hollow points, this:

These people say this, while they tacitly approve of the same government they are willing to overthrow one day if necessary, wire tapping every single phone call in the US in the same name of freedom. This time freedom from terrorists. These people:

The argument for preventing horrible acts like the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? Armed School Guards. Something like this:

Of course, as you can see, all of this is entirely ridiculous. You cannot arm school guards. Even if you did, someone bent on shooting a school will simply wait until lunch break, or some other time when the guard is off duty.

A good friend of mine is a Safety expert. His job is to ensure safe workplaces, factories full of heavy equipment, high voltage power, and nasty chemicals and gases of all kinds. Especially in dangerous areas where hazards are present, the rule and standard proven procedure is, when you cannot control the environment, remove the hazard.

In the case of guns, this rule and procedure most certainly applies perfectly. Since we cannot control the environment in which guns exist, whether on crime-ridden streets, whitest of homes, gun shows, unregulated clubs, and all the illegal trafficking going on, the "Safest" thing to do is to remove the hazard. Or, outlaw guns.

Right about here is where the right wing gun supporters chime in, right on time, right on schedule, but entirely wrong, on the premise they continue to misguidedly put forth. The whole fallback position of "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."

The fault lies with the Supreme Court. They turn a blind eye to the stats, and actually believe all that horseshit about guns as a fun and healthy hobby. They have apparently not seen this:

As an Iranian-American, who witnessed firsthand, exactly how easily a far lesser armed populace overthrew a far more armed and far more ruthless government during the 1979 revolution, I can tell you, that should it come to it, there will be no problem overthrowing the government if things get that bad, if that is indeed what you rednecks really think that you want to do.

In 1979 Iran, largely goofy people like these, went in and simple took the guns they wanted, from the army, and took over the country:

Some of the goofs used the tried and true "Peace & Love" approach:

But mostly things got rough enough that nothing but the total collapse of a fairly well entrenched system resulted in 3 days of this:

And it was over.

In 1979 the redneck part of the people of Iran, fed up with the indignity that their tyrannical Shah and his sodomy obsessed government had shown them, woke up, went to the armory, and with absolutely nothing left to lose, took the guns from the army, and took back their country.

This story would normally have a happy ending if it was your typical Hollywood story. But especially in the case of Iran, this naive simple act of defiance, unfortunately resulted in an almost exact duplicate Tyrannical government replacing the old one. This one not ruled ruthlessly by Man. This one ruled ruthlessly by God hisself.

The moral of the story of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the reason why overthrowing a brutally oppressive government that has gone out of control may not be as fun and cool as it sounds could easily be, "Be careful what you wish for, you might actually get it."

But especially in the case of Iran, the moral and especially greater lesson for Americans to learn could also be, "Never let the rednecks overthrow the government!"