I rarely air my political beliefs or opinions through my blog here at GameSpot because I don't believe this to be the appropriate outlet for those specific viewpoints. But concerning recent, tragic events that have happened in this country--as well as some of the more obtuse and ignorant comments made in this article--I feel compelled to speak out.
The attacks on the Second Amendment--and by extension guns themselves--is ridiculous. The rationale put forth to validate these attacks is equally absurd. The events that were perpetrated by a sick individual in that Connecticut town are nothing short of horrifying and despicable. But to turn it around as some sort of immature "I told you so" argument is purely infantile.
A lot of the comments I read in regards to the above article that seem to be blaming the Second Amendment and/or guns seem to stem from pure ignorance because the people making them clearly don't understand the importance of the Second Amendment. We're witnessing a mass brainwashing in today's society that, so far, has been successful in getting citizens (particularly the youth) to believe that the Second Amendment is this evil clause that is outdated for a "modern society," and those who still support it (and by extension the entire Constitution) are a bunch of nutjob conspiracy theorists living in a bunker. Nothing could be further from the truth!
What's really scary is out of the millions of responsible gun owners (including those with a CCL) get dragged through the mud any time some idiot commits a violent act.
"Well, the problem is guns! If we didn't have them then they couldn't kill anyone, could they?"
Really?!?! No, I guess they couldn't kill anyone...with a gun. Unfortunately the world we live in just about anything can be fashioned as a device to kill. If you have any doubts whatsoever about that then I kindly re-direct you to the prison system where some of the most creative and ingenious methods have arisen to create weapons to kill. It's an extreme example to be sure, but not irrelevant and only serves to illustrate that everyday, innocent household objects can be turned into a tool to kill. What about crimes involving knives? Or cars? How about we outlaw those as well because certainly if there were no more knives to stab people with or cars to run over people, then that would eliminate killing by those means as well.
Guns are clearly not the problem.
"We need to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on guns. That'll stop it!"
Again, no, it won't. If you honestly are going to sit there and tell me that it's possible to not only track every citizen living in the US as well as being able to monitor their behavior and intentions, then you're crazier than I am! Bad people exist. Bad people do bad things and we will never fully stop them from doing said bad things. But to have a knee-jerk reaction to one person and punish the millions of responsible citizens is just stupid in plain English. It simply is not feasible to do this. There are crazy people and if they are motivated to get a weapon, no matter what that weapon is, they will do so.
Not just crazy people either, but what about criminals? Do you want criminals to have guns and not the average citizen? That's a brilliant plan! Because here's a little gem for you: Criminals don't abide by the laws. They will find ways to get guns whether they are legal or not--moreso if they are illegal. So once again, that's a great plan, let's disarm responsible citizens and let the criminals run loose robbing and killing at will because there's no one there to stop them. And no, cops can't be everywhere to help you either.
"Well let's limit the type of guns people can buy. Certainly that will alleviate crimes like this."
OK. Let's analyze this: You think by banning certain types of weapons and/or limiting the clip/magazine capacity that somehow it's going to magically solve the problem? As if the people intent on committing these crimes won't take this into account either and won't simply buy more clips/magazines to make up the difference? What planet are you living on if you honestly believe that? The type of weapon is moot since you can easily kill just as many people with a pistol as you can with an AR-15. All weapons are semi-automatic (which means if you pull the trigger once only one round fires, etc.). So this argument that says we need to ban assault-type weapons lacks credibility as well.
"Only cops and soldiers should have assault weapons and not your average citizen!"
Another idiot argument. According to who? You? The President? Congress? God? Going back to the argument above, the type of weapon doesn't really matter since they're all designed to kill. But there is this misguided crusade from the Mainstream Media that highlights assault weapons as taboo, yet they don't give any valid reasons why other than the weak and lame "it holds more rounds" and the answer to this problem is by limiting the size of the clips/magazines because that will magically fix the problem. And as I already stated, no, it won't for common sense and obvious reasons.
Fun fact: The average citizen is supposed to be one of the defensive forces of the United States. That's part of the reason why the Second Amendment is so important because the Government can't always be there to protect you.
Our Founding Fathers were smarter than a lot of people want to give them credit. They had the foresight to give us ten unalienable, God given rights because they knew what happens when individuals come to power. The US is the most unique country in the world for this very reason because it gave power to the People to govern and protect themselves from outside threats as well as internal threats. The Second Amendment isn't just there for hunters to go out and shoot Bambi. It was put in place for one specific purpose that has many tangential purposes as well: To allow the People to overthrow a corrupt or tyrannical government.
The US Constitution is one of the most important documents in human history because all throughout history men, women and children have all been ruled over in some form or fashion; often with detrimental results. The USA is in a unique position because of this history and men who understood this as well. If they were alive today I don't think they would have a change of heart, either, because while tragedies like this are not what anyone wants, clearly the reverse is just as dangerous as well.