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July 18, 2013

BLOG: Remove the sheet covering guns online

CHICKASHA —

Do you know why the second amendment exists?

Back in the time of our country's beginning, some of the founding fathers actually feared a standing army. They saw it as a potential weapon against a free people, especially after they realized the Articles of Confederation were terrible and America actually needed some sort of central government to survive.

So, the second amendment was made to try and counter this. It enabled states to arm citizens so they could be organized into a "well regulated militia" in times of conflict. It also permitted states to allow the citizens to store the guns they would use in times of conflict inside their homes, thus enabling the speedy organization of such militias.

It was not written to enable the existence of a free, unhinged market place of firearms and ammo the American people could buy and trade as if they were baseball cards.

However, the latter is exactly what is happening today, and it is a danger to the public peace. I highly doubt the founding fathers could have ever predicted the eventual rise of the Internet or, worse, gun shows, but if they had I'm sure they would have added more to our second amendment to try and maintain what has become a free for all of firearms. 

It is evident on the Facebook website *Chickasha, Ok* Buy Sell or Trade and others like it, where guns can be sold on a daily basis to whomever. Let's be honest, you can be anyone on the Internet. And without the proper checks and balances to keep the practice of purchasing guns safe, we are one bad guy buying a gun away from a massacre of epic proportions right in our backyard. These websites can fast become the sheet covering a ghost market of firearms that when removed reveals nothing; not even a trace.

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