Commentary on Violence

The Indianapolis Star’s article last Sunday entitled “IMPD: Recent Violence ‘Unacceptable’” was astonishing. First and foremost, our national and state politicians have made recent violence totally acceptable.

We all know what lies at the heart of this violence, and yet we bow at the altar of the NRA and do nothing. Guns continue to permeate our society, and we choose to turn a blind eye and tolerate this monstrous horror story.

Think about it for a second. When we were recently confronted with the danger of the Ebola virus entering our country, we sought ways to eliminate it. Yet with guns we take the opposite approach. As they spread a deepening disease throughout our country our leaders want us to close our eyes and adopt the old slogan, “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Look, I clearly recognize the meaning of the Second Amendment, but I also know that many conservatives are dedicated to the Constitutional view of original intent. In other words, let’s look to see what those who wrote our Constitution meant so that we can enforce that position today.

However, if that’s the case, what guns existed when the Constitution was written in the 18th century other than flintlocks and muzzle loaders? Our Founding Fathers could never have imagined the various firearms that exist today, and it is ridiculous to assume that the Second Amendment protects changes brought by technological ingenuity.

In any event, if IMPD wants to do something about violence, then it has to begin with the meaningful attempt to control the accessibility and possession of firearms. When will we come to our senses?