Let us be clear that the second amendment was intended to have an army available if we needed it. We had no formal military then. And hunting with rifles is okay. But most guns end up killing family, or for suicides — and murders. Such makes news and money for corporate ads, I suppose.

Now one can gun down anyone with a good excuse and get away with it. We supply the world with more guns than all other nations combined and many of these end up shooting at us and ours.

We are the only democracy that lets people run around with guns displayed and used — possibly the Swiss are a partial exception as a small nation among large and aggressive ones.

Manifestly we should restrict guns to those who need them to protect — not threaten us. Will we ever be able to beat back the gun lobby? If we can’t,  the killing will presumably get worse with our economic hardships. If you can’t get a job, use a gun to take what you want.

And so goes Amerika — daily more and more a killer police state.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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