I am no political mastermind and I do not pretend to know all of the inner workings when it comes to why we as a society do certain things politically. This post is by no means meant to make people feel bad, but it is certainly meant to make people think.
The NRA Is On The Wrong Side Of History
As a human being I have many titles and roles on a daily basis. I am a woman, a daughter, a sister, a teacher. All of these roles I take very seriously and make sure that with every action I take, I consider the reaction that may occur. I keep each of my decisions at the forefront of my mind because I know they greatly affect not only myself, but those around me.
My efforts to live a life I’m proud of have led me to realize that the goal I strive for always, is to be on the right side of history. And when I arrived at that realization, I realized that the NRA is on the wrong side of history and probably will remain on that side for quite some time.
Why? Because the NRA doesn’t make decisions based on what affects and benefits the majority. Instead they cling to a document that no longer serves its purpose in our society, in order to appease the few. Now, many people I’m sure, will argue that there is no “right or wrong” when it comes to discussions such as this. However they too would be wrong. You see, there is absolutely a right and wrong side of history. For example: SLAVERY. Everyone’s favorite topic to ignore. Those who owned slaves, supported slavery, or fought to maintain slavery were absolutely on the wrong side of fucking history. There is no conversation you can have with me that will end with you convincing me, that slavery ever ever ever was a good idea for anyone besides those who owned them.
If we look back in our history, just about every single way that we have handled/ or treated any marginalized group of people has been wrong, until we did right. Legalization of gay marriage, giving women the right to vote, legalizing abortion, overturning that “separate but equal” bullshit were all ways of righting the wrongs we were living. And those who opposed those momentous historic moments, were on the WRONG side of history.
And with everything I write, or speak I like to have information and present all of it clearly so that anyone reading this can gain information and make informed decisions on their own. I’m sure I’ll still be labeled an extreme liberalist, or black stupid bitch, or my favorite ignorant nigger (you haven’t lived or truly been famous until you’ve been called an ignorant Nigger in your Youtube comments) but I’m going to share my two cents anyway! So here we go.
What Is The NRA?
The Wikipedia definition for the NRA is: The National Rifle Association of America is an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun rights. It was founded to advance rifle marksmanship. The modern NRA attempts to teach firearm competency and safety.
Their mission statement is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individually American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, travel
The NRA has 4.5 million members. We currently have about 325.7 million people living in America. That is about 1.3 percent of our population. 1.3 percent of the population that have for the most part stood at the doorway actively fighting and preventing appropriate gun control laws from being set in motion.
And I’m not stating this to sound problematic or be biased. The NRA actually is suing Florida… the WHOLE FUCKING STATE OF FLORIDA, in order to block Florida’s new attempts at gun control. A few hours after Florida passed the law stating that you had to be 21 to purchase a gun, the NRA swooped in with claims that the new law “eviscerates” the rights of young adults to own guns. And to make it even more interesting, they continue their claims stating that this new law particularly singles out women who need to be able to carry guns to protect themselves.
While I’m not for all parts of this new Florida bill (specifically the part that is in support of arming teachers), but I do know that the increased age to purchase and own guns is a step in the right direction.
Are You Against America Or The Constitution?
No… I am not. I love America, just like I love my family and my friends. But when my family and my friends do things that are wrong, I do not support them in their foolishness. I do not love them any less, or abandon them, but there are discussions that are had. Disagreeing with a loved one does not mean you love them less, it means you want the best for them, and even if they don’t agree with you it is your duty to voice your thoughts.
In 8th grade my teacher forced me to memorize the preamble of the constitution, and the beginning of the Declaration of Independence. I memorized all of the presidents and their vice presidents. I then went on to dominate in history during high school, and let it all go to be an English major in college. So please believe me when I say… I know my shit (but I’m sure that won’t stop some of my trolling fans from thinking other wise)
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The constitution became the supreme law of our nation in 1788, in replacement of the Articles of Confederation. Our founding fathers did away with what no longer served the needs of the union, and created something better. And when the original sections of the constitution needed updating, we introduced the amendments. And 27 amendments later, here we are fighting over amendment number two.
What is the second amendment?
For those of you who don’t know the second amendment at its core was created when we had no federal military. The state was given the right to protect itself by forming militias. When the federal government established a military the second amendment prevented the federal government from disbanding the state formed militias and replacing them with federal ones. The second amendment therefore is protecting an archaic issue that is no longer relevant in our present time, because I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen a state militia defend our freedom from the federal government in my entire life. The second amendment is meant to project “arms” that are in a “militia” not in your living room Billy.
As far as being against the Constitution, that would be another falsehood. I understand the importance of the constitution. I understand the need for documents to secure our freedoms. I also know that when something no longer works, or serves its purpose it must be updated. We have updated our way of thinking on so many things, and we surely update our technology consistently. So why is it that we can not acknowledge that a document that is supposed to protect the people, all people, is currently outdated and must be updated.
So what exactly are you saying?
There have been 208 school shootings since Columbine . I’m sorry… from the original date (Sunday March 18th) to the present moment (Wednesday March 21st) that I am writing this there has been one more… so… There have been 209 school shootings since Columbine. That is 209 times that we have failed our future generations. Two hundred and nine times that we have turned our back on the problem once the hashtag is no longer trending, and the memories have faded from our consciousness. We are the only “super power” nation that is dealing with this and we (and by we I mean the NRA) refuse to believe that stricter gun control laws on a national level would substantially decrease these incidents.
I’m scared to think what it would take for people to understand that we need stricter gun control laws. Even beyond school shootings, we have gun violence in churches, movie theaters, and music festivals where hundreds of people have been killed, and the only thing that has been done are think pieces and prayers. The people that have lost their lives to senseless gun violence deserve more action than this. They deserve more from their country, the country that failed to protect them because to turn their backs on them would be more profitable.
The youth are demanding change, because they have seen the horrors first hand. And while many state that they are too young to be making political moves, they are too young to be staging walk outs in school. School is a place for learning not for protesting. Well… my question to those who hold these beliefs is: Are they too young to die? Are they too young to be fearful of dying at school? School is certainly a place for learning and is also not a place to be killed. And I pray that we are still not experiencing these horrific tragedies in 20 more years. I hope in 20 years I don’t have to write about school shootings in the present or console students who can’t wrap their minds around why this is happening.
I hope that one day, and one day soon, that our government steps in to protect the future generations. I hope decisions are made for the people and not for financial gain. And when we look back 20 years from now in our history books, we will see with out a doubt who were the pioneers to creating a stronger safer union, and who were those on the wrong side of history.
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.