You Can’t Ban Evil
by Kira Davis on December 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM
There's been a lot of talk lately about gun bans, naturally, in the wake of what happened in Connecticut, and like every other American, my heart goes out to the families who had to experience this tragedy so close to Christmas. I'm not one of those people who admonishes any American for bringing up the issue of gun bans and the Second Amendment in the wake of a tragedy like this. I think it's natural and normal, and I think it's an opportunity to discuss this issue openly.
I wanted to have my two cents as someone who is formerly anti-gun and formerly anti-Second Amendment. Not anymore, but I used to be. One of the things I used to say and hear a lot of people saying about modern weaponry is, look you don't need an assault rifle or machine gun to take down a bear or a lion, or whatever you're taking down in modern America; and that's true, but it's also a mistake to believe that the Second Amendment was made for hunters. It has nothing to do with hunting at all, and this was one of the things that surprised me when I started researching the Second Amendment. It has absolutely nothing to do with hunting. It has to do with freedom and what the ability to brandish a weapon means to your freedom because your freedom needs to be protected, and how do you protect freedom?
Well, let's just think of the last group of people in this country who were forbidden from owning guns. That would be black people. Why? Because we were slaves, and what would happen if you gave a slave a gun? Well they would no longer be a slave, right? Because a gun is the most powerful weapon in any revolution, our Founding Fathers knew that and that's why they enshrined it in our Constitution. They were revolutionaries, and they wanted the people to have the freedom to rise up against any oppressive government just like they did with theirs. It's what keeps a society free because when a government knows that its citizens can rise up against it, well they're a little less inclined to enslave its population. It's why every dictator in modern times has begun with a gun ban in their country under the auspices of protection and safety. What it did was disarm the citizenry.
Do we have a government that we need to revolt against right now, physically speaking. Well no, but that doesn't mean we never will. That doesn't mean some of us will never be enslaved again. I hear Democrats talk all the time about specific conservatives or Republicans, and if they get into office, they'll send us back to Jim Crowe or they want to put you all back in chains. Well if you don't want that to happen, then don't support a gun ban.
You can ban guns, but you can never ban evil. The best we can do is to tell our children, "I will do everything in my power to protect you from evil, even if it means blowing its head off when it walks through the door."