Yesterday I was reading a bit of news online where a ban on carrying concealed handguns in Illinois had been struck down by a higher court ruling. Of course the usual gun advocates hailed this as an important ruling in protecting the citizens' rights to be able to defend themselves.
I however, am flabbergasted about this ruling and this attitude.
I personally believe strongly in gun control. Especially in our modern times where its seems way too easy for people to get a hold of guns and turn them on innocent bystanders. And in the wake of the mass shooting at the movie theater on Colorado, as well as the breaking news yesterday of a man firing a shotgun in a crowded mall in Oregon, I honestly don't understand how anyone could sanely suggest its OK for people to be able to carry concealed weapons. To me this ruling is disgusting and mocks the tragedies we see day in and day out, it makes light of all those who've died when unstable people can so easily get access to weapons.
Certain people, both the average joe and politicians, seem to still be living in the 1700s. The Second Amendment made sense for its time, but now it just makes less and less sense. I can understand owning a gun and keeping it in your home, but I'd be scared shitless if I was walking around and thought everyone around me was carrying a concealed weapon.
Although some people don't seem to accept this fact, the Constitution is a living document, and we must reflect on what it means to us now, in our current society. If we take it always literally, we're living dangerously in the past, to our continued detriment.