The children and adult victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have only been buried a few days, and already, before the investigation is complete and all the facts that can be known or disclosed, advocates of gun control have taken to the airwaves and local print, demanding that guns be banned.
People like our own Mike Peters, and nationally, Sen. Diane Feinstein of San Francisco, Calif., are concluding that enough is enough and we will have gun confiscation and to hell with the Second Amendment. These Americans have identified guns as the problem.
Yet, if a person is determined to kill, that person will find a way. Whether the weapon is a gun, a car, a bus, a train, or a sword, those mentally ill have always found a way to get their grizzly chore completed. Madness knows no limits.
The debate on gun control swells with each tragedy and time soothes the inflamed spirit. The debate is too long in the tooth.
Gun control does not work. Banning ammunition and certain guns and magazines does not work. Background checks work infrequently. Let us cut to the chase. Some of America is a gun culture. Because of this, there are too many guns for gun control to have any effect. While the debate raucously commences, yet more tragedies will befall our children.
Local school boards must act immediately and secure, by all possible means, the safety and security of our children and teachers. And not just the need to have locked front doors, updated policies and procedures on visitors to the campus, or closed circuit TV surveillance. It will not be enough to put one, lone police officer on school grounds to deter a dedicated domestic terrorist, or one who is mentally ill and bent on killing. Schools must be secured by armed guards at all entrances and exits to the schools and dedicated grounds patrol officers on the exterior. When these things are done, then the politicians and the rest of America can debate the Second Amendment. After all, the Second Amendment is the problem, is it not?
Thirty-eight states must be in favor of an amendment to change the Second Amendment. Remove it entirely or modify its wording and you get gun control. Anything less than elimination or modification of the Second Amendment, means endless litigation in the courts.
Do we need a well-regulated militia? Have we matured past the need to be able to protect our homes, person and property? Can we trust our government to leave us alone and let us be free? Can the government protect us all the time? These are questions you must ask yourself and before the Second Amendment is changed. By the way, don’t expect the supporters of the Second Amendment to go quietly into the night ... it won’t happen.
Modify or delete the Second Amendment and I would not doubt there would be armed insurrection. You see, if the government demands you surrender your lawfully purchased and owned firearms, we get into other realms of the Constitution. The Fifth Amendment guards us all against unlawful search and seizure and the whole mess would just get messier still. Soon, in my view, the whole Constitution could fail. You all remember our history and the Revolution, don’t you?
In the coming weeks and months, all Americans and their ideals will be tested. Do you want a free America, or some aberration of the former, great country of the United States of America. The choice is up to you.
Greg Bailey is a retired police officer and a resident of Greeley for 12 years. He is a father of four adult children and grandfather of 13 grandchildren. He is interested in public affairs and an outspoken supporter of our constitutional rights, whatever they may be. He is also an avid artist who sculpts in wood and paper maché and dabbles in woodworking.