Numerous indicators provide evidence the United States is becoming incapable of managing its own affairs as a democratic constitutional sovereign government, as argued by Naom Chomsky in his book Failed States. One index of deterioration of our democracy is the control over the nation by the gun and ammunition industry which is represented by the NRA. The National Rifle Organization is capable of defeating any elected official who proposes nearly any form of gun regulation.
Though the NRA’s
public argument favoring gun sales to ordinary citizens is formulated as a
Second Amendment Constitutional issue, there is nothing in the US Constitution
suggesting ordinary, untrained and unregulated individuals should own weapons
of mass destruction, such as automatic weapons capable to shooting 60 bullets per minute. The ratified Second Constitutional Amendment 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.” Note that there are
two provisions, “a well regulated militia” and “the right of people to keep and
bear arms shall not be infringed.” The
NRA often quotes the second provision but never mentions the first, i.e. “well
regulated militia.” The young man in Aurora who killed 15 and maimed 58 more was not a well regulated militia, at least as nearly as one could tell, unless it was a very small militia.
If Congress and the US President continue to fail to act on personal ownership of guns and bullets, the very fabric of the country is in jeopardy. No exaggeration. Public confidence in the ability of the government to assure the safety and well being of the American people is progressively unraveling, which can lead eventually to anarchy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York has the right idea, it’s at least a start. As usual in America, a political response will eventually come with great delay, with inadequate effectiveness, and incrementally. Lets hope the foundation of our government holds together in the mean time.