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October 1, 2015 | 3,380 views | 12 comments

By Tom H. Hastings

Another mass murder episode strikes us, this time in Oregon, my state. This time at a college. I teach at a university in Oregon and this gun problem is way past outrageous. Time to repeal the stupid Second Amendment and start fixing this.

No! Umpqua Community College in Roseburg was declared a gun-free zone! Obviously that failed and we need more guns to stop an active shooter, not a completely ineffective “ban” on guns.

Of course this is like saying pollution laws should be struck down because a state with stronger air pollution laws will still get pollution from places with lousy pollution controls. No. The fix is to make more and more pollution laws more and more strict. Gun laws should be far stricter, and that can only happen when America finally comes to grips with reality and strikes down the Second Amendment.

No! That’s in the US Constitution! That is unchangeable!

Um...clearly it is revocable. That’s why it’s called an amendment. We can correct it and, if we love our children, we must.

Gun lovers, gun manufacturers, gun dealers, and their biggest political machine--the NRA--are nearly unstoppable as long as we fail to abolish the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court has interpreted that amendment to the satisfaction of the NRA and to the endless detriment of school children and shoppers, college students and innocent bystanders, distraught teens and crime victims. The general failure to control guns, as evidenced by the massive annual mortalities in the US, is a function of the Second Amendment and the dispositive US Supreme Court rulings that interpret it to forbid most states and most local governments from being able to actually reduce and ultimately eliminate guns where they are.

No! If you try to take my guns that will be war!

It’s already war. Those who count wars classify any conflict more than 1,000 conflict deaths in any year as a war. In the US, people with guns kill others and themselves enough to qualify as 30 wars. Seriously. Guns are used to kill approximately 30,000 of us year in and year out--more than 33,000 in 2013, plus more than 84,000 wounds from guns.

So, NRA and all those who love their guns more than they love to protect children, this is war. We get it. Guns v people.

So far, guns are winning. The National Rifle Association makes certain of that. Children are losing.

Step one: sign this petition to repeal the Second Amendment. The entire process is long, tough, drawn out and complex. Time to start.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is core faculty in the Conflict Resolution Department at Portland State University and is Founding Director of PeaceVoice.
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4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Spriungs  
October 5, 2015 6:15pm
Where do you find these idiots? Just cause it says Professor in front of his name does not make him have a 'lick of sense". I think we ought to outlaw cars...cars are involved in about 30000 to 50000 deaths per year... More ›

T-Bone Pickens  
October 5, 2015 5:37pm
I'm going to have to agree with the professor. I saw a gun driving down I35 the other day randomly shooting at cars. Something has to be done.

October 5, 2015 1:35pm
Hey you highly educated idiot!! Want to make our country gun-free?? Take a look south of the Rio Grande..........a gun-free zone! Thousands of murders via firearms per month. And each and every one of those firearms is not... More ›

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
October 3, 2015 10:35am
Dr. Hastings is just another example of who is teaching our college kids and supplying them with an excellent quality education! Good grief folks, write this clown off!!

Elaine K.  
October 2, 2015 10:24am
Fred is right. I found the past president's comments interesting. They were afraid that an ARMED security guard would INCITE violence??? Anyway, he said, an armed guard could not prevent a gunman shooting five people before... More ›

Fred Ohnesorge  
Floresville, TX  
October 2, 2015 9:41am
The campus,according to reports last night, did not allow the security guard to be armed.The following is a statement by the past president of the university a former police chief. His ststement shows a basic lack of understanding... More ›

Fred Ohnesorge  
Floresville, TX  
October 2, 2015 9:26am
One could argue that we should repeal the 2nd Amendment, due to the use of guns allowing deranged folks to commit evil. But how do these folks get these awful ideas. Movies, video games, music, internet sites ? Well then we better... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
October 2, 2015 9:23am
No Nonsense: WCN never reports on the Military other than reporting on kids graduating from Basic Training. Cruz's comment on the crash? Crickets.... These guys just don't get it.

New Guy  
Wilson County  
October 2, 2015 9:19am
Elaine: No one else had a weapon? Not sure you have all the facts yet to make that comment. I would expect the university will be sued for not ensuring their security guard was armed. Lot of good a security guard is being unarmed.

No Nonsense  
October 1, 2015 10:11pm
No idea who Mr. Hastings is but clearly an idiot. The Oregon campus was a 'gun free zone." How could it happen? Meanwhile, while Mr. Hastings was crying and ranting, a C-130 carrying 10 Americans crashed in Afghanistan... More ›

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