Perhaps, as an Englishman, I have no right to question the validity or spurious justification by an element of the American people of a section of The Constitution of the United States of America, but I am going to.
As an Atheist, when there is a tragedy such as this, it is the only time where I hope there is a God, so those poor children and their teachers have not died in pain and terror with nothing better at the end of their life.
My basic knowledge of the ‘Amendment’ is that in 1791 this was added for the right of all Americans to bear arms. With exceptions for criminals, etcetera.
In 1791 the type of pistol and rifle available were not what they are today and there can be no justification whatsoever for any civilized democracy to accept machine guns, grenades and the astonishing arsenal of weapons available today in America, under that Amendment.
No one in their right mind would accept that any individual citizen needs an assault rifle, grenade or worse to defend themselves. The Amendment was written for the right of self defence. The fact an Amendment was added years later shows they accepted the original Constitution was not correct. There have been many Amendments as we all know.
The basic right of a human being to defend themselves, their family and property with a weapon is something I agree with. As an Englishman, other than farmers and certain others in the United Kingdom, we are not allowed to privately own weapons other than in Gun Clubs which has become severely restricted since our own Scottish horror of Dunblane. I have been shot at in a drive by. There are times when I have wished for a gun.
Why would an American want an assault rifle? You have an armed Police Force, a National Guard and an Army, Navy and Air Force for external threats as well as internal ones. The only reason an American would want a gun like an assault rifle or a grenade is, what? Please tell me, because I just do not know.
I had a quick two minute look on the internet and I found this;
Written in 2007 it is worth reading.
Please America. Grow up. You do not need this type of weaponry in your home. To have single shot pistols and rifles, small magazines, is all you need to defend yourself.
America must, State by State, County by County, City by City and Town by Town begin to remove its hideous Arsenal before it is too late. The Constitution of the United States of America is not sacrosanct. Amendments prove it. Americans have understood the Constitution was only the basic principle of their life, the requirement of Amendments show this.
Amend again so no more schools are annihilated.
No human citizen of any country needs to arm themselves like this. Any human who wants to, is by definition not of sound mind to be allowed to hold such licenses for these weapons.