Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr: At least it was a fair duel, far from the maddening crowd and shopping malls. (photo: wikipedia, jmund)
The right to childproof society
Why do we have this insanity in our society? We’re intelligent beings, most of us. Just because there are some good reasons for people to have guns doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep them out of the hands of criminals, kids and idiots. We childproof living rooms from two year olds; why not childproof society from the idiots? Oh yeah … it’s that democracy thing, that says we all have freedoms and rights, including idiots and children who have the right to bear arms (US Second Amendment). But now, 236 years after it was conceived, this archaic amendment has become the right to wreak revenge, the right to hunt neighbors, the right to stand-your-ground … basically, the right to kill fellow human beings whenever we’re pissed-off or afraid or a suicidal coward. I don’t think that is what Thomas Jefferson, the author of the US Constitution, had in mind, nor his Vice President, Aaron Burr, who on July 11, 1804, shot Alexander Hamilton in a duel. At least that shooting was fair-and-square and out in the countryside, not a reckless shootout at the local mall. The world has changed and Jefferson would be the first one to sponsor an amendment to the Second Amendment, despite the die-hard “constitutionalists” on the Supreme Court.