At this point in our history, I am certain the country would be listed in realtor's terms as a "fixer-upper" or a "handyman special." This country might not have a long history compared with others around the world, but it has a strong one.
So, since I'm not particularly concerned about the National Rifle Association ruining my political career, I'll be the one to say it: If you own multiple guns or feel the need to possess a military-style assault weapon, it's because you have a small penis.
No one is suggesting we ban all cars -- and no one is suggesting we ban all guns. Pretending all regulation is equivalent to a ban is a classic false dichotomy: a total ban is not the only alternative to the status quo.
I fondly recall learning to shoot a .22 rifle at Boy Scout camp oh those many years ago. I've had little direct experience with guns since then. But I do not write to you today as an anti-gun polemicist.
The Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights to protect citizens from a tyrannical federal government. That's why gun control advocates have it utterly backward when they call for the ban of assault weapons and high capacity clips. That is a slippery slope in the wrong direction.
The NRA and its supporters have shed the cloak of respectability that has enshrouded their real motives. We can now see that we have not been arguing merely over which people should have access to which guns. We have been fighting for the very soul of America.
If guns kept Americans safe, then America would surely be the safest country in the whole world. Because, by a huge margin, America has the most guns. Yemen, a poor, developing country with warring tribes, heavily armed militias and an al Qaeda presence, comes in a distant second.
Gun violence is a cancer plaguing our American body politic. True meaningful action to reduce violence requires a holistic approach. Supporting the Second Amendment is not incompatible with the gun control supported by the majority of Americans.
Out of, it seems, nowhere, we are having right now a new national discussion about guns, mental health, and violence because through a terrible act Adam Lanza brought his denial of reality back into our reality with a vengeance.
A ban on assault weapons is a reasonable, necessary and appropriate limitation on our rights under the Second Amendment. It is a limitation that will help to protect, at least to some degree, the lives of our children.
Does Mayor Emanuel already know what schools he wants to close in March? The Reader's Ben Joravsky thinks he does. And WBEZ's Achy Obejas thinks that there's not going to be much movement on gun regulation.
The "middle ground"' is the place to stand if you care more about guns than children. What will work -- and it will require a seismic shift in the American psyche of the sort rarely experienced in history -- is the uncompromising gun policy adopted in Australia.
The NRA's complete and insane refusal to put any regulations on weapon type, magazine capacity, and ammunition on the table of public discourse may be about many things, but the Second Amendment is simply not one of them.