America has an addiction to guns. So much so, we have the largest gun lobby in the world- the NRA -with members serving in our government. This heavily skews gun rights advocacy and regulation, often stunting bipartisan ties during critical legislation opportunities. How did our constitutional right to be armed if our government needs us, or oppresses us, turn into such a polarizing issue?

Why, our second biggest addiction, of course. Fear.

In case you didn’t realize it, America loves its drama. We seriously can’t get through a day without a pot being stirred somewhere. If it isn’t a Senator suggesting we judge gays by biblical standards, you’re sure to hear about a governor somewhere else telling his constituency that America is heading towards civil war. Are you ready to kill your own brother if that happens? Because it’s the lack of Almighty God in our schools that’s causing all of our problems.

It’s a constant societal fear mongering campaign, and the politicians greedily accepting super PAC endorsements to do so, that keeps our addiction to firearms running so hot. I did something time-consuming for this article. I went through the media history of all forty-four presidents, looking for specific activity regarding firearm rights. Going into this semi-loosely, I was only looking for comments regarding gun rights, gun violence, and gun legislation.As always, I came across the massive pools of misused, oft abused, gun quotations. I had to double check a ton of them, but one in particular was by our first president, George Washington, and he clearly understood the purpose for having armed communities. He was all for America’s citizenry to have independent access to their own guns and supplies, but to what end?

“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 of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

Essentially, if you lock up the armaments, Read the rest here at my blog The Bluegrass Skeptic

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Comment by Gerald Payne on June 29, 2015 at 4:45pm

It's difficult to see a way to wean the American public away from this gun culture. If there was genuine public animosity towards firearms there would be far more anti- gun demonstrations than at present. It seems as though indifference is what most people feel, and a resignation that there's always been guns and there always will be. Has anybody ever come up with a gradual restricting of firearms sales, say over 20 years? Even if it was set at thirty years, at least it would get the idea of a gun-free society in the public arena..

Comment by Michael Penn on June 29, 2015 at 3:31pm

Good article and your last 2 lines pretty well nailed it.



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