The following comments are made by an immigrant who has lived in this country for 25 years, has loved every one of those years and can not imagine having better life anywhere else in the world. I will not point fingers, look for excuses why sometimes things were harder than should have been or blame others for anything. Life is our individual journey yet no matter how hard you work, how focus or determine you are, there is always lot of people who contribute to your success. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, coaches, teachers etc. It can also go the other way when they’re not there to help guide and support.
We have events in this country like the most recent shooting in south Carolina church and no one, no one talks about the environment Dylan Roof grew up around. Mass murder is immediately used to score few political points by anyone, on any level of politics to blame the country, the laws or lack of them. I will never bring myself to blaming a country with it’s Constitution that has provided greatest opportunities to hundreds of million of people since it’s inception in 1789. I will more than happily point out what I think is wrong but we as society continue to side step the issue. If and when (less likely) confronted it will start to transfer the power from government back to family and community as it was in the past.
I will remind everyone again these opinions are strictly mine and do not represent anyone else’s.
All the talk of privilege or the lack of it just to divide our nation finally got to me. I took time to think about it and reflect on recent history. The conclusion is all people (I mean all people) born in this country in the last 50 years are extremely privileged. No matter what religion, race, ethniciity you are there has not been any organized discrimination in that time period, no economic depression leading to bread lines or mass exodus from one part of the country to another to escape genocide, no military draft or forced conscription. These folks were part of America becoming the only superpower (we are recently witnessing it’s decline on international stage) and seeing the world open in front of them as part of the Globalization.
I will agree with anybody who wants to argue that poverty, income inequality or racism has not been eradicated. And I will also say do not hold your breath because it never will be eradicated in free democratic society. As long as people have choices some will make the wrong ones. Do not blame the country.
I will now return to Charleston to make my point. Dylan Roof is called racist, bigot, white supremacist or just plain evil. He is all that and then some. He did not become mass murderer because he was born in the United States of America, he did not become evil because he went to school here or played some organized sports.(this is not just about Dylan Roof, this could be any young man who commits horrendous mass murders).
Easy way out for everyone is to say of course he did it because America is racist. America is not racist, trust me I’ve traveled North America and the rest of the western world fairly extensively.
I want to ask where were the parents, grandparents, little league coach, friends, teachers or community when the signs of this behavior started to show. They are part of the problem. They either helped create the environment or ignored the signs. The signs were there for the Sandy Hook elementary school shooter, the signs were there for Aurora movie theater shooter but we decide to ignore them (these were not racial crimes but committed by young men with “no previous history of violence”)
I am here to call out the people, communities to reflect what kind of young men we are raising. Government will not help because they’re there just to exploit the next crisis to tighten their grip on power and control.
I’ve given lot of thoughts to our fundamental right to keep and bear arms. I believe it’s almost impossible to get rid of the Second Amendment but it does not mean we take our right to own firearms,or any other right for granted. I have written opinions about my stand on gun control and the desires of governments anywhere in the world to limit or eliminate people’s right to bear arms. What I would like to do here today is to speculate about the future of the Second Amendment if we become complacent . I also believe my background and my passion for learning history allows me to do that.
Fact is there is little more than 300 million guns among the general population in this country. Almost all legally owned. Government’s constant demand for more gun control laws, restrictions and regulations leads me to believe the ultimate goal is abolishment of the Second Amendment. It might be a stretch for some but not for me. If and when the existing laws are enforced there are examples of preventing the guns to get into wrong hands. Unfortunately government is not interested in enforcing the laws, they are interested in reasons to abolish.
Now we’re getting to the speculation part. What if guns were outlawed? The first step would be no sales of new firearms, the next step in legislation would be attempts to confiscate the existing legally owned ones. The consequences? Only the illegally, unregistered guns would stay in circulation creating tremendous black market(heard of illegal drug trades and it’s consequences on society?). There is too much of history and tradition in USA to own firearms and people’s desire to own firearms would not go away. Further feeding the flames of black market.
I can just hear many saying “I have lost it, he’s extremist or gun nut”. None of that, just years of studying history, paying attention to what is happening not only here but also in other western democratic countries.
The result would be great shift of power to either government, gangsters or the people wealthy enough to afford the armed protection. It’s not hard to find regimes around the world with those characteristics.