Are We About to Enter a Second Amendment Renaissance?

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Do you own a firearm? If not, you should (even if you're not an American). The more I think about the Second Amendment, the more I realize there was a reason Madison put it into the Bill of Rights.

Now, I'm sure you just jumped to conclusions about me. Naughty, you. I'm sure you think I'm a beer-swilling, truck driver hat-wearing, Dukes of Hazard lovin' red neck. Far from it.

I was born in raised in Brooklyn, back when it was still Brooklyn. I grew up in New York and New Jersey and have very little in common with good ol' boys down South. I don't drink beer. Don't wear trucker hats. And the Confederate Flag doesn't fly at my house.

Like most Americans, I was raised with a general dislike for guns. Our pop culture, especially movies and television, seem to vilify firearms. The only people that we saw use them were criminals, drug dealers, and international terrorists. You know, the bad guys.

Movies reinforced the idea that the only good people that should use guns are cops or soldiers. Rarely was it shown how law-abiding citizens could safely own and operate a gun. I guess that's not very sexy, to limp-wristed, Hollywood writers.

But there's another reason why private ownership of firearms is rarely portrayed honestly in the media. It's because they want to condition you, the gentle viewer, into thinking it is a weird and unnatural thing.

If they can convince you that only cops should have guns, then you're far less likely to want to own one. The idea of having a gun in your house, let alone taking it to the range and using it is a concept completely alien to many Americans. And that's the idea.

They wanted to rob you of one of your Constitutional rights, convincing you that people who own guns are either criminals or potential criminals. We see on the news images of shootouts and robberies. They want to convince us that the only way to prevent gun violence is by banning guns. Because, you know, people intent on breaking the law will obey gun laws.

Don't believe me? Then think about this. Were you really excited about getting your driver's license? Was the idea of getting behind the wheel and experiencing a new kind of freedom so appealing to you as a teenager?

If so, why do you think that was? Because that concept has been glorified in movies and TV for decades. Most of us were conditioned to believe that when we turned sixteen, it was an obligation- nay a civic duty- for us to get that card and hit the open road.

It was no different for gun ownership, except instead of making us want to own a gun, pop culture has made us fear them.

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