Dear United States of America,
I hope you’re well. But I fear that this isn’t the case. There’s a problem. Now it’s not life or death for me, but for over 11,000 of your citizens who are killed by guns every year, it really is.
Let’s go back to 1791. Actually, can that. Let’s go back even further. It’s 1688, and we’re in England. That’s the smallish country about 5,500km (sorry 3,500 miles) east of New York that was amongst the several nations that colonised you. Sorry, ‘colonized’. You do make it difficult.
We’re in England, and King James II, a Scottish Catholic is the reigning monarch. But not for long.
A group of politicians, fed up with the King invite the King’s own son-in-law William, the Prince of Orange to come over with his fleet and tear shit up. So he did.
This was called the Glorious Revolution, and it brings William (now William III) to the English throne along with his wife Mary II, the daughter of the deposed King.
Now why did they organise this overthrow? Was it because the king was Catholic and they were Protestant? Pretty much. You see, Protestants and Catholics had been at each other’s throats since the Reformation over 100 years prior (and will continue to be for at least 300 more) but I digress.
King James II, during his reign had attempted to disarm many Protestants, and had argued with Parliament over his desire to maintain a standing (or permanent) army. This worried the Protestants in Parliament, as they liked having weapons. And they didn’t like others taking these weapons off them.
It was in the following year that the Bill of Rights was passed in the English Parliament. This re-established the liberty of Protestants to have arms for their defence within the rule of law. Great news for gun lovers!
Now if you don’t know the 2nd amendment, it goes like this:
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.
All they wanted was to prevent the leaders from controlling their behaviour, and as somewhat of a libertarian myself, I tend to agree with this concept.
However, 1791 isn’t 2016. Back then, the most advanced weaponry available was a Kentucky long rifle, capable of firing two or three .60 balls per minute, i.e. enough time between shots to prevent mass killings.
Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen used a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle to murder 49 people and wound 53 more at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
Originally designed for U.S. Special Operations forces, the MCX was built from the “ground up” to be lightweight and short, and it accepts “a broad array of accessories, enabling you to build a complete weapon system for any scenario or environment…
Accessories? It’s not a FUCKING GO-PRO!!!! Firing 45 rounds a minute doesn’t sound like it’s used for deer-hunting. It’s for people-killing. And it’s in your best interest if people-killing is prevented. And deer-hunting to be perfectly honest.
Let’s get back to the 2nd amendment. It’s an amendment. An amendment is ‘a minor change or addition designed to improve a text, piece of legislation‘. That’s convenient then. Change. Improve. Do something that will help prevent some of these killings from happening in the first place.
After all, laws have been known to change. In medieval England, an accused person had to go through an ‘ordeal’ to determine their guilt. One of these ordeals was Ordeal By Fire. The accused held a red hot iron bar and walked three paces. His hand was then bandaged and left for three days. If the wound was getting better after three days, you were innocent. If the wound had clearly not got any better, you were guilty.
It’s probably no surprise to hear that this rule no longer exists. Because times change. Well, times have certainly changed since 1791. So change with them.
an admirer of nearly everything about your country.