Mass Shootings – They’re already against the law

Here we go again. San Bernardino, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, more innocent Americans slaughtered and wounded within the past week. The list of mass shootings is long: 355 this year to date. And what do I hear on the news? Gun control. More laws. Tougher background checks. Those who cry for disarming law-abiding Americans don’t get it. When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

Killing people is already against the law.

Criminals don’t care about the law. If they did, they wouldn’t be criminals. There wouldn’t be mass shootings…or drive-by gang shootings…or domestic violence shootings and stabbings, and you name it.

Obama’s latest remark was about terrorists on the NO FLY list being able to purchase a gun. That has to change. WAIT A MINUTE: Syed Farook and Robert Lewis Dear were Americans. They weren’t on a NO FLY list. So how the hell does Obama’s comment have any relevance to what happened? It’s typical political rhetoric.

The truth is simple. It’s impossible to legislate mass murderers out of existence. It’s impossible to legislate crime off the planet.

There are those who tout better mental health care and treatment for those with SMI within the population. SMI = Serious Mental Illness. In 2013, there were an estimated 10 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with SMI. Sad but true. So if we assume there are still 10 million seriously mentally ill in 2015, of which 355 of them (so far) went on a mass shooting spree, then you can figure .0034% of those SMI adults are the culprits. That leaves 99.9966% of those afflicted who do NOT commit mass shootings. How is it possible for mental health care providers to weed out those who might turn guns on their fellow citizens? Talk about a needle in a haystack.

The solution? Keep guns out of the hands of crazy people through more intensive background checks. Really?

Are stricter gun law proponents saying we should scrap doctor/patient confidentiality? Do they want doctors to report crazy people to the government so their names can go on a NO GUN list? What other freedoms do these idiots want Americans to give up?

On the other side of the aisle, the NRA and gun rights activists cry Amendment 2 of the Bill of Rights is under fire. Most people don’t even know what that amendment says. As ratified by Congress: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” A well regulated militia is a standing army, supplied by the states to defend the country. “Militia” in colonial America consisted of a subset of “the people”— those who were male, able bodied, and within a certain age range. State militias failed miserably, so on May 8, 1792 Congress established the Uniform Militia for National Defense, set the terms for drafting young men from the states, all of whom had to acquire and maintain their own weapons, which Amendment 2 provided the right to do so. We call it the Army now, and the army supplies the weapons of war, thus the Second Amendment is null and void.

Amendment 2 was never meant to guarantee the rights of the people ‘as a whole’ to bear arms, but the subset of the people: “Each and every free able-bodied white male citizen, shall be the age of eighteen years and under the age of forty-five years, shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia.”

It wasn’t until 2008 that the Supreme Court ruled (United States vs. Heller) the people ‘as a whole’ were deemed to be protected under Amendment 2: “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

That is a complete reversal of the Bill of Rights Amendment 2 as it was written and intended by our forefathers.

So there you have it, folks. The slop in the pig trough is deep and icky.

About Terry Wright

There’s nothing mundane in the writing world of Terry Wright. Tension, conflict and suspense propel his readers through the pages as if they were on fire. Published in Science Fiction and Supernatural, his mastery of the action thriller has won him International acclaim as an accomplished screenplay writer. A longtime member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, he runs their annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest. Terry lives near Denver with his wife, Bobette, and their Yorkie named Taz. He invites you to visit his Web site at
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