The Second Amendment Is the Backbone of Our Constitution

Making Sense of the Muck

The gun control issue has been a hot-button topic for years; recent events have escalated the issue to a fever pitch. Occasionally you will see discussions, but nowadays most “town halls” are disasters like the ones you see on CNN. You can find the video of their uncontrolled and hate-filled fiasco here. It is safe to say, based on the reactions on Twitter, that this particular “town hall” accomplished nothing; it was more of a lynch mob than a discussion.

There is nothing that can deter and impede progress on any issue like lack of civility. For all the talk about freedom of speech, love, and tolerance, America sure seems to be lacking in all three. It is rare that two sides can actually come together and gain ideas and insight from each other anymore. There are times, however, when thoughtful and well-reasoned minds can occasionally inject a bit of sanity. Twitter Intelligentsia, in their sane and eloquent way, has brought a calm, cerebral atmosphere to what America has difficulty discussing.

New Right Network had the chance to ask a variety of questions to an erudite, lucid Twitter thinker who gave answers that actually made sense. From every corner of Twitterville come voices of reason with many different topics of interest. There were some who focused on the gun issue of concern today, while others were more interested in the lack of care in rearing children as of late.

These concerns are validated by all of the school shootings we have had recently. It has been pointed out that the adults in the lives of these young people either ignored their problems or did not adequately address them. Sandy Hook’s perpetrator was reported to have had many problems that his mother chose not to treat. “The report said at the time, Nancy Lanza rejected recommendations from Yale psychologists that her son be medicated and undergo rigorous treatment as a child for anxiety and other conditions. It also said [he who shall not be named], his parents and educators contributed to his social isolation by not confronting his problems.” - Fox News

It Is Time To Address The Real Problem

In the case of the Parkland shooting, the perpetrator had been the subject of 38 separate calls to authorities, according to CNN, and is also rumored to have mental illness issues. In most, if not all school shootings to include Columbine, a cocktail of different drugs had been associated.

Maybe it is time for America to put on her big kid pants and finally stop screeching about disarming the citizenry. No sane person who says Trump is a modern day Hitler should ever cry to disarm its citizens. More importantly, it is time to start addressing the two-pronged issue that is really at fault here.

The Discussion on Mental Illness

The first part of the two-pronged issue is the complexity of understanding mental illness. We do have citizens who cannot, or will not, employ a sense of responsibility when dealing with firearms due to diagnosed mental illness. A comment by the Parkland gun store owners who sold the Parkland shooter his AR15 speaks volumes: They said that they would appreciate more information when dealing with people who do not look mentally ill. Mental illness is not a disease that can always be seen. It hides, making people who are not able to handle firearms responsibly harder to identify.

The Parkland gun store owners have been known to refuse service to people in the past based on what they called the eyeball test. They simply knew by looking at them that the would-be purchasers had something off about them. Are they denying these people their Second Amendment rights? Not at all.

They refused to facilitate them based on the fact that the person they were looking at had an apparent mental defect, or more than one, as the case may be. The problem is that we, as a society, face issues more than just having too many guns. There are too many dangerously mentally ill people running free. America, in recent years, has shied away from things such as involuntary commitment of severely mentally ill people.

At the same time, HIPAA laws are denying people who have a very good reason to know who they may be selling firearms to, access to vital information. In some instances, a consumer’s mental capacity is not so easily identified which could be the difference between life or death. Unalienable rights need responsibility and common sense to balance them, especially in the case of the mentally ill. Those with serious mental illness cannot employ responsibility. The solution to this is relatively simple, as one Twitter Thinker put it:

(1) Personally--as a psychiatric patient--I think gun dealers should have access to all records that involve THE AUTHORITIES.

Here's how I'D do it:

(2) The authorities keep the records confidential from the public EXCEPT for licensed gun dealers who can show a NEED to access the records.

(3) The gun dealers must prove that the person has initiated the purchase of a weapon.

You could do that part pretty easily.

(4) Lots of gun owners worry about "databases," but if a person has a psychiatric issue that has involved the police, then it's completely deranged to hide that from gun dealers.

(5) No constitutional right is absolute.

Gun dealers MUST be told that Customer X once had to be put under a 72-hour psychiatric hold because he made death threats and hurt himself.

(6) This is a binary situation.

Either we overhaul the way we deal with the dangerously mentally ill, or we simply live with their crimes...
— Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) February 22, 2018 

To Sum it up:

  • Records are kept confidential to everyone except license gun dealers.
  • Gun dealers are only able to access records when they show a need to know.
  • Gun dealers must prove the person in question is indeed trying to purchase a gun.

This is a simple three-step process that could prevent a severely mentally ill person from purchasing a firearm of any sort.

Constitutional Rights Are Not Absolute

The fact that constitutional rights are not absolute escapes many people these days, even those on the right. Although we have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, we do not allow convicted felons to own guns because it is not safe. The same can be said for people who have a severe mental illness and may be a threat to themselves or others. The issue is compounded when those same mentally ill people have had contact with the police. The truth is that we, as a society, cannot allow those with an inability to be responsible, safe, and thoughtful to have access to weapons that could be used to kill. The risk is too high that they may run amok, killing innocent people.

The second part of this two-pronged issue is that certain lawmakers are trying to outlaw the institution of bail, claiming it is racist. Ted Lieu’s bill declares that it is racist because the poor cannot afford bail. According to him, most black people are poor.

This is a form of racism that should sicken any good, honest, patriotic American. Ted and his party want us to believe black people are poor, broken down ol’ fools who cannot think well enough even to know how to obtain the proper ID. As a result, they should be kept on that government plantation, continue voting for Ted and his friends in endless cycles, and get nothing in return except being used for the latest talking points purportedly supporting a better life for them.

This is the Reality

D.C. police chief Lanier resigned because of this bail issue. Activist judges pressured by the Obama administration literally tied their hands as far as retention of repeat offenders. They are being told that repeat offenders are mostly black, and most black people are poor. See how that works? Lanier resigned, feeling as if she could not adequately do her job and under the circumstances, it would appear that she could not.

New Jersey has abolished money bail. Coincidence or not, the crime rate (especially murder) increased. This is a system of catch and release employed in most law enforcement issues these days. The resultant crime wave is a disastrous and needless loss of life that could have been prevented.

Any variation that deviates from what the writers of the amendment assumed when they wrote it is a bastardization. The second amendment lacks only one word to clarify this. “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Quite clearly, federalists and anti-federalists alike expected the citizenry to keep and bear (into war, if necessary) their own personal weapons. Our founding father, George Washington, understood the necessity.

A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a Uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.
— George Washington

Mary Magaline / Copy Editor

I thrive on political dialogue. Communicating truth has a way of cutting through the noise in this world. When there is chaos all around, you will find me grounded in my Christian faith and networking with like-minded friends online. I love President Trump and I want my country back!
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