As a founding father of the country we live in, and as an avid fan of Batman, I feel I should say something about the events of last night and our firearms situation in modern-day America.
First, I simply must offer my condolences to the people directly affected by this tragedy. Nothing compares to the sadness brought on by an unexpected tragedy. The surprise loss of a loved one at the hands of another is very hard to grasp, come to terms with, and move forward from. To those who have been affected, again, my heart stretches times zones for you.
Second, I would like to formally state that in a country this large, with this level of police and military, that there is no need for civilians to have access to firearms. The loss of the “joy of hunting” and/or “personal security” is no argument compared to the loss of a person because of those allowances. If firearms were not allowed to be sold to civilians, firearm related crimes would decrease.
Now to thwart possible arguments… Did myself and the other founders come to the conclusion that we should have the right to bear arms in the 18th Century? Yes, however guns were different, the availability of guns was different, the level of government-organized defense against crime was much, much lower, and we as a people were much more spread out. In the 1700s, we needed to defend ourselves due to a lack of security. The only current lack of security is the lack of laws keeping guns out of the public’s hands.
A preventative measure is much better than a consequential punishment.
If you are someone who wants or owns a gun, you are willingly putting others in danger.
Tomorrow John Adams and I will be on CBS Chicago a few times between 5 and 7AM Central Time, and then will be on FOX Chicago at 9:20.
If you’re in the Midwest, be sure to check it out. We’ll link to it online as soon as we can!
B. Franklin, Printer