From: Jackson Tn
On Swedish main TV news there was a piece from a school in Harold, Texas. There some (most?) of the teachers were armed with guns. The school also had an extensive security system with a lot of surveillance cameras.
This seems to me to be a nice school to send children to.
I have, with difficulty, tried to stay out of this debate. I feel this does not concern me so I have no say in the matter. But with that said I do wonder how come feelings are so strong on this subject.
Some in the United States do feel very strongly about this (both for and against).
The rights listed in the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments of the US Constitution), are a list of natural rights that belon to the people. They are not "granted" by the government. These natural rights include (but are not limited to):
Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to trial, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, freedom of assembly, etc.
These rights were framed in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers at the time that they established out government.
Each of these rights are important. Amending the Constitution is possible, but t is not easy to do. Our Founding Fathers purposely did this as they did want want these fundemernal rights, or our structure I government to be changed on a whim.
If you start talking about restricting any of these rights (the right to bear arms for instance), then you open the door for doing the same with the others.
That is why many feel strongly about the subject.
Excellent explanation chijohnaok. If politicians can unilaterally go around the second amendment then those politicians can do the same thing to any other amendment. I bet those I can't label would not be thumping their chests if a politician decided to change the first amendment rights. Or what if someone decided the sixth amendment needed to be ignored, and people were arrested and thrown in prison(or simply shot)! Sigh.
"I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast."- W.T. Sherman