"Just like it was unthinkable that terrorists could hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings, we understood the times we are living in and changed our security measures accordingly."
While the gun debate rages in our country and the President threatens to curtail our second amendment, constitutional right with the stroke of his auto pen signature, I wanted to add my two and half cents to the discussion.
America has been called a "grand experiment", not out of some romanticized fascination with ourselves, but because of the understanding that the natural condition of mankind throughout history has been to govern himself in a non democratic fashion. Physics tell us that nature abhors a vacuum and where there is empty space, something will always quickly enter that space to fill it.
From Biblical times up until today, nations have been ruled by either a king, a warlord, a despot or a small cabal with the tendencies of all three. Of the six billion people on this planet, probably less than a billion are ruled by democratic governments. Ecclesiastes tells us that, "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." (New Living Translation) It is the height of arrogance to think that somehow we will go against the grain of history and that despotism could never enter our country.
The framers of the Constitution understood this and this is the main reason the second amendment was added to the Constitution. An armed citizenry protects us from kings, warlords and despots. I worry that we are forgetting this while we trade our freedoms for the false security of government "benefits." I understand knee jerk reactions, especially in light of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, but criminals don't follow laws - that is why they are criminals. All we will be doing is disarming law abiding citizens and making them eventually prisoners in their own homes while the criminals run amok.
Our culture has changed and the reasons for that are debatable and we should have that debate. Yes, 20-30 years ago it would have been unthinkable to allow teachers and school employees to have a firearm on school grounds. It was also unthinkable that a tragedy like Newtown could have ever occurred. Rightly or wrongly, we must change with the times. Just like it was unthinkable that terrorists could hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings, we understood the times we are living in and changed our security measures accordingly. Unfortunately, we must change our security measures accordingly where guns are allowed -especially when it comes to our children and our families safety.