In the United States, which has an English common law tradition, a longstanding right to keep and bear arms was recognized prior to the creation of a written national constitution. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
“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.”
However there is no need for a militia in the United States. Its full-time Armed Forces personnel consists of 1,281,900 individuals with 801,200 in seven reserve units. In a time of war the US could conscript 17m American males aged 18-25.
The Department of Homeland Security numbers 240,000
and commands a budget of $40.6 Billion. I repeat for emphasis that there is no need for a militia in the U.S. There are eight distinct well-funded departments engaged in the security of a free state.
It would take 10,000 words to cover all the abuses of the Second Amendment. My focus will be on single perpetrator massacres in the past 51 years. There are so many that I will limit myself to only include the most notorious.
1.8.66 : Ex-Marine sniper Charles Whitman killed his wife and mother, then climbed a 27-story tower at the University of Texas and killed 14 more people before police shot him to death.
18.7.84 : An unemployed father of two killed 21 and injured 19 in a busy McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California. The man told his wife he was going out “hunting humans” and opened fire with an Uzi, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol.
20.8.86. An Ex-Marine 44-year-old part-time mail carrier, who had received a poor performance review the day before, entered his Edmond, Oklahoma post office wearing his mailman’s uniform and carrying three handguns in his bag. He killed 14 and wounded six before shooting himself. It was the deadliest in a series of rage-fueled killings by current and former postal employees that gave rise to the phrase “going postal.”
17.1.89 : A drifter carrying a Chinese variant of an AK-47 and a semiautomatic handgun fired more than 100 rounds into an elementary school playground in Stockton, California, killing five children and wounding 30 other students and teachers before shooting himself.
24.3.98 : Andrew Golden, 11, and Mitchell Johnson, 13, pulled a fire alarm to flush students and teachers out of their Jonesboro, Arkansas, middle school and began shooting, killing four girls and a teacher and wounding 10 others. Between them, they had nine guns including two semiautomatic assault pistols. Both were released from prison when they turned 21.
20.4.99 : 12 students and a teacher were killed by two disgruntled seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton.
16.4.07 : A lone gunman killed 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech.
14.12.12 :Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty-seven people, including 20 elementary school children, were killed by a gunman who then shot and killed himself.
16.9.13 : Washington Navy Yard. Twelve people were killed and several others wounded after a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.
17.6.15 : Charleston, South Carolina. A gunman opened fire and killed nine people during a prayer service at a historic African American church in downtown Charleston
12.6.16 : Pulse bar in Orlando, Florida, gained international attention as it was the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings by a single gunman in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the events of September 11, 2001. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were injured.
1.10.17 : The current death toll is 58, with 520 injured. A lone gunman using modified weapons opened fire at concert goers in Las Vegas, Nevada, before turning a gun on himself.
(Source Mother Jones; and Dr. Grant Duwe who is the author of “Mass Murder in the United States: A History” and Sky News Reports on the most recent outrage)
In the selected timeline there were 143 incidents and at latest count 1,007 fatalities.
These incidents grab the headlines, yet the 12,000 gun-related deaths and 25,000 gun-related injuries recorded in 2015 passed unnoticed.
The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) mission statement, is:
“To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, and transfer ownership of firearms.”
The NRA is a powerful lobby group with 5 million members who raise circa $350m in annual membership dues. They backed Donald Trump for President.
The members of this lobby group have blood on their hands but they don’t give a damn. They allege that they require arms to defend themselves and their property against crackers, crackheads and n******.
There is one other militia that serves and protects the NRA. An armed police force with north of 800,000 gun-bearing officers. In 2015 their firearms killed 843 individuals.
It would be interesting to discover how many of those involved in these fatalities were members of the NRA.