“On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed 12 amendments to the Constitution. The 1789 Joint Resolution of Congress proposing the amendments is on display in the Rotunda in the National Archives Museum. Ten of the proposed 12 amendments were ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures on December 15, 1791. The ratified Articles (Articles 3–12) constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, or the U.S. Bill of Rights. In 1992, 203 years after it was proposed, Article 2 was ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution. Article 1 was never ratified.” *(1)
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”
Source: The United States of America National Archives
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.
As we embark as a United States of America into the celebration of our nation on July 4th, it is important that we revisit some critical points in our history. All too often, it is voiced to take away a valued and sacred right of the American people, “the Right to Bear Arms.” Now, the argument is strong on implementing and re-enforcing laws already in place for gun regulation, not control. But, as we make our argument, remember that our elected officials are using the most precious children as “pawns” in their game of chess.
Let me first say that I am a gun bearing American and exercise my right to protect my property, myself, and my family. I will add to it that I am not a person with a basement stored of 50+ firearms, or enough ammo to take on an army. Now that said, I have a choice selection of firearms specifically designed for the purpose of protecting one’s home. I do not hunt, nor am I qualified to handle any military grade form of weaponry. I do believe at times that I am under prepared and should stock up more on ammo, but these are for beliefs that our age of safety from foreign invasion are questionable, but not to any level of extremism. I have owned and carried a fire arm for decades as I have traveled nationwide in the entertainment and hospitality industry. You never know what can happen literally hundreds of miles in the middle of nowhere. I am more comfortable being prepared than for that moment I am hopeless.
I preempt the entire discussion to hopefully get across that I am middle of the road when it comes to our “rights to bear arms.” But the next few statements call out all sides, whether right or left, because at the end of the day, we are supposed to be a civilized nation of men and women. It is exhausting turning on the TV and continuously hearing about or seeing this overly repeated narrative on school shootings in America. How can any nation involve children in war, let alone look the other way when we clearly see an epidemic in our country when it comes to school shootings. Where do the children of today have the clear disconnect between the finality of their decisions when it comes to these mass shootings? It is also exhausting when you hear all of these tragedies being turned into political ammunition and examples of their parties purpose, instead of dealing with facts. Fact number one, people kill people, not the gun. I agree and know, the number one purpose of a gun is to “kill”, but it is the person behind the trigger that controls the integrity of that purpose. There is no gun or personal protective gear that was created for the sole purpose of careless behavior.
My “better half” is a school teacher. We have walked away from the table from many discussions surrounding the very topic of how do we keep our schools safe, and better educate our children. Fortunately, she has been hired and works in a private school where the school has made the choice to hire two police officers to be on campus at all times. Now, the initial hiring was by no means a preventive measure in regards to school shootings. The officers have been on staff for years prior to this nation’s outbreak on school shootings. They handle daily tasks of traffic control. They handle parking lot accidents, like fender benders. They deter trouble like minor theft or pandering. They are in place to protect the children from potential outside threats of strangers. Now, in today’s routine, this does include the potential of school shootings. Remember when we use to do fire drills, or hurricane drills, if you are from Florida like me. Now we have to run active shooter drills. Seriously? What have we come to? Are we not smarter than this? I think we are.
We no longer deal with trouble, but pass it along without any resolve, only allowing it to manifest and grow. Why? Because everyone has feelings or “rights.” You always hear after the fact, “I knew something was wrong with that person.” So why didn’t you do anything? When you take consequence out of a scenario, you are allowing anyone to do anything without any recourse. We see it time and time again. History does repeat itself. Respect for elders has diminished. Manners of our youth are almost non-existent. General common sense of right from wrong cannot be enforced because we now debate the feelings of the person who is in trouble. Hell, there are people out there now that say you have to ask your baby for permission to touch them to change their diapers. Are we [email protected] serious? Cause and affect. It is simple. You touch something hot, you get burned. Cause and affect. If you do something wrong, you get in trouble. Cause and affect. So, being this “great nation” why do we not expect the highest standards out of ourselves and raise our children with the same level of respect we were taught while growing up? I understand the day is long gone from when a principal could spank our children, but we as parents shouldn’t feel threatened to discipline our own children when required. Cause and affect. Maybe if they understood the effects of their potential actions, most of these instances would never have happened.
I have personally gone through two active shooter situations at two different schools in two very different instances. The first one, I lived in Denver, Colorado, and was one to two blocks away from the Columbine shootings during the incident. First off, I noticed police cars coming in from all directions. You knew something major was occurring. You knew it was something bigger than an accident or routine robbery. When I ducked into a retail shop in the area, as all access roads were at the moment being controlled, it was completely silent and all eyes were on one tv. We all stood there watching in complete shock. It was one of the worst feelings I can think of, very similar to 911. There was a sense of uncontrolled hopelessness. The rest of the day was spent watching the news and reflecting once again where we are as people in today’s society. There is no way that Columbine would have been prevented. Yes, it might not have happened at the actual school itself, but Eric Harris was destined to become a mass shooter. Maybe if older and later in life, other obstacles would have interfered causing a different outcome, but Eric Harris created this destiny to fulfill this insane plan, and Dylan Klebold was destined to be a follower throughout his whole life. We all see these actions of any of these shooters and know exactly the created excuses we make, but have done virtually nothing to make an impact since 1999.
The second incident involved a teacher at a school. The teacher was going through serious depression and some questionable behavior between students (nothing sexual). The school was at least involved and aware. The school had to terminate the teacher, but they were extremely supportive offering the teacher professional help and assistance. But, something created a trigger on that day, and the warning signs caused an alarm. The school did have a PI on retainer and immediately contacted the investigator to trail the teacher. Later that day, the teacher was found entering a gun retail location and purchasing a firearm. The school went on immediate lock-down. As the teacher proceeded back in the direction of the school, he was approached and detained by local officials. Now, a few things occurred correctly. The school was involved and took immediate action to protect the students and faculty. They handled the potential incident knowing that there could be lawful actions against them. The teacher was found to have purchased the gun to go home and suspected to kill himself. He did live in the area where the school is located, and the school did what was proper in this instance. The teacher today is still alive and receiving much needed supported for severe depression. Now, can you imagine how I felt when receiving that call and the sense of hopelessness? I immediately got closer in proximity to the school and turned on the news to listen and relay anything being communicated. What turned into only about a one hour ordeal seemed to take an eternity. All I could think is these children are in a room with no exit but one door in their classrooms. Thoughts and emotions still come to mind when you think about all possible outcomes. So again, were any of these incidents the gun or the person?
Where do we start? Where do we draw the line? Well, to start, we don’t take away our rights. That is never the answer. What we need to do is invest more into our children at all costs. We need to protect them, but we need to educate them too. We need to go back to holding people accountable, along with education and respect. This is a simple choice to make, but we have to toss aside all political lines to get to the answer and a resolution that is a best made solution for most situations. We can not stop crazy or hate. That is impossible. But we can create a barrier of protection that at least our children are again safe.
We will be posting this article at Greaseinc.net/ and encourage your dialogue in discussing one of our nation’s worst epidemics. We are curious how you feel and see it. There is not one perfect solution to a simple answer, but there are ways we are may play a stronger role in interacting with our kids on a daily basis…