Recent tragedies in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and elsewhere have created an uproar and a desire for answers. Our president insists that changes must be made for the public safety, and he is correct. But what changes need to be made? Do deep social issues need to be addressed or do we need topical solutions?
Many think semi-automatic firearms and large-capacity magazines are to blame. In the interests of public safety, by all means these should be banned! Gun nuts will start screaming about the Second Amendment and their rights to bear arms. In the interest of public safety, this amendment needs to be changed.
Gun nuts will try to fight changes for public safety. Many will try to hide these prohibited weapons instead of handing them in to the proper authorities, no matter what compensation is offered. Considering the danger these weapons are to the public, federal records should be used to find and confiscate weapons not turned in voluntarily. To forestall inevitable lawsuits claiming unlawful search and seizure, the Fourth Amendment needs to be changed in the interest of public safety.
News outlets will do their best to undermine the progress being made in securing the public’s safety, so control of the media is necessary to prevent backsliding. Tweaking the First Amendment will help get the message out that changes are in the interest of public safety.
If anyone is foolish enough to try to resist the dedicated efforts of our government to protect them, troops can be used to arrest the rebellious, dangerous holdouts. The Third and Sixth amendments can be suspended temporarily in the interest of public safety.
If these holdouts still won’t turn over their weapons, make them tell where they are hidden, or keep the miscreants in prison. The Seventh and Eighth amendments will understand that the public’s safety is paramount.
And if any state government objects to the government’s actions in securing our public safety, we can temporarily suspend the Ninth and Tenth amendments.
Education? Changes in social structures and moral standards? This quagmire must be avoided. Sound bites are easier than delving into the roots of our problems.
In the interest of public safety, we must use the most politically correct method – more gun control laws. The Bill Of Rights needs to be shown as the outdated document it is in the interest of public safety!