I’ve heard that a lot of people in the United States are advocating “2nd amendment solutions” as they call them. They refer to the second amendment of the US Constitution, or the right to bear arms. Generally, when people use the phrase, they mean firearms. And, while firearms are technically one of the rights granted by the States’ second amendment, they aren’t the only one. Let’s look at the second amendment in its entirety:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
That first part, the one about the well-regulated militia, is a recommendation of how to use this right. The second part, the necessity of weapons that could be used against a government to a free society, is the reason. The third part, “shall not be infringed” is a law restricting the government’s power over weapons. Pretty much saying they’re not allowed to have any say over whether the people will or won’t carry arms. We see how well they’re following their own Goddamn rules, but such is the nature of government.
Considering the reasoning behind the right to bear arms is to hold the government accountable for its actions (either in punishment, ultimatums, or defence), any weapon that can possibly be used to hurt a government is covered. So, of course firearms, bombs, knives and other known weapons of physical destruction are covered. That’s common knowledge. But, that’s not all.
Tax evasion, entitlement programme fraud, counterfeiting, resisting arrest, draft dodging, etc. are all valid “2nd amendment solutions.” Why? Because they are arms against the government.
But, by far and away, the most damaging arm you could possibly use to hurt the government is one you probably don’t expect. Well, I mean you didn’t expect it before reading the title. Education. That’s right. The government absolutely fears education.
Let’s pose a hypothetical scenario. Let’s say I have evidence that I did something illegal. Let’s just pick an illegal and morally reprehensible act at random. Let’s say I…. Oh, I don’t know. Killed nearly a dozen innocent civilians from an Apache helicopter. Now, let’s say that, rather than destroy this evidence completely, I put it in a safe location where no one could find it. Now, let’s say I was dumb enough to hire people who think critically have access to this safe location and one of them – let’s call him Brad – found it and released it to the general public. Naturally, I fear this information being leaked. Killing nearly a dozen innocent civilians? I’d probably be executed for that. So, I wrongfully discredit the source to which he leaked it, call him a terrorist, and make him disappear. Why do I do this? Because I fear public education of my crimes. I probably fear public education as to what actually goes on inside my operation as well. For obvious reasons.
Of course, the fact that Brad disappeared shortly after he leaked information about me is pretty damning evidence that I did it to him, but what if major newspapers confirm the that I have him held in a dungeon in… Oh, let’s just say Kuwait. Let’s say I use my position of perceived authority to have wrongful charges filed against him. Well, this is just crazy talk, right?
What if I was the United States government and Brad was Bradley Manning? Well, then it really happened that way. Why? Because the government fears him so much that they can’t trust him to be in any position to educate people. But, what if there was too much education to stop them?
What if the education that was released was fact based with tangible evidence and verifiable facts? What if the number of kooky conspiracy theories dropped and the number of education of what actually goes on in government increased. What if all of those classified documents ended up in the public domain? Well, I don’t think I have to present my speculation. I think your own is enough to understand why education is a viable, and the most useful, second amendment solution.
Governments around the world guard this information with an iron fist and usually punish people with death if they release it to the public. That should tell you something right there. They really fear the information getting out.
So, while the gun can lay out one government worker at a time, education can pull the whole thing down at once, and with fewer casualties. Also, a dead politician can be replaced. Information cannot be unlearned. Remember that, next time you talk second amendment solutions.