I suspect that just as most Gold Bullion Bars housed at Fort Knox are over 99.5 % pure, an equal percentage of gun owners in the United States also don't go around shooting up their neighborhood schools, churches, movie theaters, shopping malls, etc. Even so, political action groups around the country want to take our guns (or nowadays, our ammunition) away from every law abiding citizen.
Criminalizing gun ownership by law abiding citizens is just not necessary. If existing laws were enforced: Felons in possession of a firearm is a crime in every state I'm aware of, robbing someone with or without a gun is a crime, raping someone is a crime, murdering someone with a knife, bomb, drugs, car, gun or any other way is a crime. Why make it a crime to own a gun??? I guess it gives some folks a warm fuzzy feeling.
Some whom don't have my same beliefs, might say I don't have any gun related tragedies in my life, but again they would be wrong. In January 1982 my Mother & Father were attacked by a gang of five (5) thugs when they were leaving a party at a friends house. Initially the thugs physically attacked my father prior to any demands for money or car keys. When my father fought back, one of these thugs pulled out a gun and shot my father multiple times killing him on scene.
As a WW-II Marine Veteran, I believe if my father would have had a gun on his person the outcome may have been quite different. Think of five (5) thugs beating on your Mother, Father, Sister, Wife, ore Child even without a gun involved; what chance of survival do you really think any of these, or yourself for that matter would have?
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution which was adopted on December 15, 1791; reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Merriam Webster™ Defines “Militia” as: A group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but whom are trained like soldiers; who may be called to action in the event of a National Emergency.
With all the recent gun violence around the United States including gang activity, sniper activity, mass shootings, terrorist threats, etc. Some of our simple minded citizens and elected government officials are under the misguided belief that adding more gun control laws, or worse yet eliminating gun ownership by private citizens altogether will magically make these mass casualty events go away.
Of course there is no mention of Germanwings Flight 9525 which took 150 lives at one time (no firearm involved), 2,996 people killed in September 11th. 2001 attacks (Box Cutters not Firearms), 168 people killed Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 with (fertilizer and diesel fuel, no firearm) & too many others to include, but you get the point.
Even our politicians who are trying to disarm the United States Citizenry don't always comprehend exactly what it is they are doing as in this example: In April 2013, Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette (Denver, Colorado) who has been the lead sponsor on a federal ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines in two Congresses, when asked, how a ban on magazines holding more than 15 rounds would be effective in reducing gun violence, She replied: “I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those know they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them, in the future the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available.”
Additionally over the years, it has been argued on numerous occasions that “The Well Regulated Militia” is in fact “The National Guard” which of course just isn't so! As The National Guard is in fact used by the Military in conflicts outside the boundaries of the United States. "Click for More Information".
So, while driving down the road one day thinking of stories I've read in “Good Guys With Guns, Android App.” and a story I read about the “Pet Rock Craze of the 80's” I came up with an idea.
What if I created my own “Well Regulated Militia”? Create a Web Site, post the “Well Written Regulations” on the web site, charge a nominal annual fee to cover my time, server, & other expenses, and provide a membership card to all who join.
The membership card will allow you to prove you are a member of a “Well Regulate Militia” which I'm choosing to name: “United Citizens Well Regulated Militia”. The pros as well as the cons of membership will be on the frequently asked questions page of this site.
Of course, just like Gun Dealers, the NRA, Phone Carriers, Internet Carriers, etc. The Federal Government may subpoena me for records. To that end, I encourage members to consider “Gift Memberships” to anti-gun friends and family, the same way I encourage those against hunting to purchase a hunting license and deer tag & Duck Stamp. I tell them, well you know, if you purchase your own hunting license, deer tag, and Duck Stamp, that's one less tag available this year to a hunter.
The extra revenue the Federal & State Wildlife Agencies receive helps wildlife management, increases game numbers for future hunts, and makes the anti-hunter feel good at the same time! By having those who oppose our rights join our Militia, it increases our membership numbers, making us a more formidable force to reckon with.
So, our idea of the “United Citizens Well Regulated Militia” may float like pumice or sink like granite, only time and your support will tell. At our “Founders Membership Rate” of $12.95 annually it's most likely cheaper than a box of your favorite Ammunition; at least it is, in my neck of the woods.