Gun Laws Can Be Debated
A woman from Tennessee was jailed in New York City and may face up to three and a half years in prison. Why, because as a visitor to New York she didn’t know that her carry a concealed weapon license from Tennessee is invalid in New York. The thing that’s fascinating about this story is that because New York won’t release this woman, Meredith Graves, a Tennessee legislator has drawn up new legislation that would make it more likely that New Yorkers driving through Tennessee would get tickets.
This new legislation makes Tennesseans seem petty. I mean the woman did break the law, there’s nothing the arresting police officers can do but arrest this woman. And to punish a state for enforcing their laws seems kind of stupid as well. Yes, New York’s gun laws may be a little strict but if you’re going to go to another state and you insist on carrying your gun for whatever purpose do some research, find out what the gun laws of the particular state are and you won’t wind up in this predicament. I do feel sorry for the woman though, not because she got arrested but because of her circumstances. Meredith Graves is registered nurse and is also a fourth year medical student. She’s so close to becoming a doctor and that goal may be postponed by three and a half years.
On the forums people were bashing New York. Calling it a “Socialistic Liberal Whore House” or they said “poor people and minorities have made a great city terrible by demanding welfare and restricting peoples second amendment rights.” Some people even said they should boycott New York, as if a few people not going there would make a difference to one of the biggest tourist spots in the world. Some people were saying ” It’s my Second Amendment Right to carry a gun and if you try to take my gun away you’ll leave with a body full of bullets and that’s it” I think these statements show why New York has some of the most strict gun laws. Do I agree with them? No, but after reading some of these comments I’m in full support of New York’s gun laws.
There’s also a problem with people contradicting themselves on these kinds of matters. In everyday things like voter restriction laws they support individual state rights. However, as soon as guns get involved people with shout and holler about the government infringing on their rights. They say no state can super cede the constitution. They claim that in the case of McDonald V. Chicago the States have to uphold the Bill of Rights. What those people failed mention was that Court of Appeals also upheld Chicago’s ban on hand guns and it also stated that your Second Amendment Right in defense of ones home is fully applicable to the states through the fourteenth amendment. It doesn’t say you can go walking around any where with your gun because it’s your second amendment right.
I think we as Americans have misconstrued what the second amendment really is. I think we’re taking the second amendment for what it says rather than what it means. This is solely my opinion and I don’t want to speak for our founding fathers but when they drafted the second amendment I don’t believe they meant it to say you can just walk around with your gun where ever you go. I believe when they drafted the amendment they wanted people to know if the government fudges up and becomes tyrannical and unrepresentative of the people that we the people can start a coup and retake our government. There’s this fallacy from the gun manufacturers and gun fanatics that the founding fathers wanted us to walk around with a gun and that liberals are oppressive monsters who want to destroy our liberties.
There’s also the people that say gun laws are making America dangerous. They think if we make guns more accessible and easier to get then in turn America will be safer. That’s absolute bull shit. Just look at any African country that has no gun laws and try to argue that point. Countries like Darfur or Somalia and let’s not forget Rwanda where gun laws are unheard of. In Somalia you can buy a gun at a corner store and look how long Somalia has been in a civil war. In Darfur guns are practically given away and look what’s happened there. Then there’s Rwanda a place that not long ago was plagued by genocide, bodies flooded the roads, children were displaced, Mothers and wives were stolen from children and husbands, and these were done by pointing a gun.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love my second amendment but I don’t see the need to walk around with a gun. I feel sorry for Meredith Graves but I feel more sorry Christina Taylor Green or the lives of other young children that have been lost.