I Need Help! My dilemma lies in understanding the interpretation and reaction of our lawmakers and some citizens to the First and Second Amendments of the Bill of Rights.

In the 18th century, freedom of speech was limited to word of mouth and the written word which took a long time to reach its destination. Now we have global newspapers, radios, home or land telephones, cell phones, televisions and computers.

In the 18th century, the second amendment to the Bill of Rights, the right to bear arms, was to protect the thirteen colonies from the British, the American Indians, the Spanish and French. Now, weapons have advanced to include the atomic bomb, chemical warfare and high-tech gunneries. We have had mass killings in our churches, our schools, movie theaters and even in government buildings.

Why are the people we put in positions to lead, guide and protect us are sanctioning assault rifles in family homes and gun-toting security guards in our schools? Why don’t we have extensive physical and mental evaluation for ALL gun owners, and why doesn’t the law deal harshly with anyone caught without a valid registered weapon? Why don’t our young veterans go through a rehabilitation program before returning to civilian mainstream? Why don’t we bring the Bill of Rights up to the 21st century and save our impressionable, precious inheritors of our country?

PLEASE, help me understand.





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