by Gabby Franco - Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Second Amendment, shooting sports and outdoor lifestyle is treasured by millions of Americans from all walks of life. Freedom Journal provides athletes, entertainers, public figures and more with a platform to connect with others, outside of their immediate fan base, and share their passion, respect, and appreciation for this lifestyle. These are their stories, in their own words, for you to hear. The views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the National Rifle Association of America.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution has been a target of controversy throughout the years - generally due to the misguided interpretation of its content.
Politicians and celebrities take lead with hypocrisy. They often times surround themselves with armed security while criticizing and speaking against others who wish to exercise their own right to protect themselves.
These individuals are given a platform where they opt to speak their opinions to the masses and the mainstream media thrives off of it. Their hateful message is based upon feelings, not facts, while law-abiding citizens are shoved in to a corner.
However, they don’t fool me. I see beyond their lies and know that the gun control agenda works as good as the “redistribution of wealth agenda” does: Politicians, celebrities, along with a handful of other high elite individuals keep their wealth (and their guns), while everyone else, well, can go to hell for all they care.
Isn’t it obvious? There isn’t a socialist country where politicians and high profile individuals live like the average citizen. There isn’t a country with strict gun control where a regular citizen is as privileged as their politicians. One can easily gather as to why – they see gun control is for the less privileged.
What troubles me the most is how many are trapped in their webs of lies. When a tragedy occurs, guns are one of the first to be blamed. A gun. An object. Not the person, but the object. Why is this? Have we become a society that is quick to blame instead of quick to learn the facts?
After the incident at Ohio State University, Senator Tim Kaine swiftly took to social media to claim the act was “a senseless act of gun violence” even though firearms where not used to commit the crime. In fact, the Ohio student used his vehicle and a knife to kill another and proceeded to injure many others. However, that wasn’t the angle the media wanted to focus on.
As a society we need to start thinking about the big picture. Evil exists. Evil people exist. Evil has no regard to obeying the law and is willing to harm innocent people to satisfy one’s own selfishness.
The second amendment gives us law-abiding citizens the right to own and bear arms which allows us to protect ourselves and our families - a right many people around the world wish they had. Giving away the right to own firearms has been one of the biggest mistakes millions of people did in the past, and perhaps is best explained in nine simple words: You don’t know what you have until it's gone.