There seems to be a hypocrisy present in America when we don’t seem to mind having our Fourth Amendment rights violated under certain circumstances, but when it comes to our Second Amendment rights some of us will not tolerate any such infringement, regardless of the circumstances. Even if it means lives would no doubt be saved.

Consider the searches you allow yourself to be subjected to at an airport or a courthouse. Before someone gets on a plane they are searched in multiple ways; metal detector, X-ray baggage scanners. I could make an argument that this clearly violates my Fourth Amendment right and that I should not be subjected to unwarranted searches and seizures, but people rarely complain because although we are minimally inconvenienced we know it's done for our safety and the safety of others. Yet, our Second Amendment is held to a different standard.


An argument often used against any type of gun legislation is that it punishes law-abiding citizens and that motivated criminals will find a way around any checks against their would-be unlawful behavior. This is similar to saying that we shouldn’t have strict DUI laws because people will still drink-and-drive. Laws and regulations may not stop all unlawful behavior, but they do diminish it. The mere appearance of action being taken can be enough to deter criminals.

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Take, for example, the would-be shoe-bomber from nearly 20 years ago. Shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 a man tried to light his shoes on fire during a flight, and the next day we all had to start taking our shoes off before boarding a plane and we've been taking them off at the airport ever since. In that time we have not had another shoe-bombing attempt. Safety measures like having shoes scanned by airport security may seem drastic 20 years later because it was an isolated incident, but it was an isolated incident only because immediate action was taken to provide for our safety. We didn't ban all shoes, just the explosive ones; and we most definitely won't ban all guns.

Taking extra precautions to prevent gun violence, all types of gun violence, should have happened by now. Nothing should be off the table when it comes to a discussion about saving lives. Mental health, broken families, religious/moral degradation, cultural violence, and gun-culture can and should all be discussed.

What are we willing to give up for the sake of saving innocent lives? Whatever the answer is, it should be more than what we are comfortable with presently. Discussion about our constitutional rights is great. Saving lives through action is better.

We can, and no doubt will, continue to argue about some of our rights being infringed upon as it pertains to the Second Amendment, but let's not pretend that Americans have never given an inch as it pertains to our rights.

We'll always be remembered as the generation that suffered from a disproportionate amount of gun violence. We could also be remembered as the generation that did something about it.