Gun Toters: Wyatt, Billy and John
Written by John Lake (Guest writer)
In Chicago on a recent weekend, during a 12 hour period, 11 shootings were recorded and are being investigated by the Chicago police. One victim, killed, was an 11 year old girl at a sleep-over. The stray bullet came from the street, and through a window.
The second amendment to our Constitution, the right to own and bear arms, was adopted on December 15, 1791, as was the rest of the Bill of Rights. Let’s put that into perspective.
Wyatt Earp was born on March 19, 1848. He is remembered as a crime fighter who fought at the gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona. He lived 50 years after the Bill of Rights.
Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney) was a thief of property and horses. He died at the age of 18. Bonney was born November 23, 1859. That’s 70 years after the constitution granted us the right to own firearms.
John Wesley Harding was possibly the most bloodthirsty of the infamous in the Old West. He killed at least 42 people, including former slaves and gunfighters. He was known for carrying two pistols in holsters strapped to his chest, which enabled a faster draw. He was arrested at the age of 17, but was able to get a gun, kill a guard, and escape. John Wesley Harding was born in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, on 26th May, 1853.
The Supreme Court grants us the right today to own and purchase firearms, in spite of the changes in society these last 223 years. Do the highest of the judiciary blindly uphold the Constitution? Are they influenced by politicians who themselves are viewed by some as puppets of special interest groups? Is the high court not allowed to show some wisdom and insight into changing times? Should politicians, in any circumstance, consider a change to the Constitution?
Little children in Chicago can’t play outside, or near windows, for fear of the gun wielders who sell drugs and intimidate neighborhoods. In Chicago, two armed men robbed at gunpoint all the riders in a rush-hour subway car. An elderly woman was pistol-whipped.
A young man with a gun, like a child with a new toy, won’t be satisfied until he has used it. Something must be done.