I have made my hatred for guns clear, but apart from watching ‘Bowling for Columbine‘, and feeling sad/shocked/horrified about the various gun-related tragedies that seem to consistently target the people of the United States, I’ve never quite voiced my opinion of US gun culture.

Let me change that.

I don’t think that the right to bear arms is more important than the right to live. I don’t think the second amendment matters more than the people who continue to die gun-related deaths in the United States. I don’t think this is ever going to end; fourteen years after I cried for the children of Columbine High School, today I shed tears for the children of Sandy Hook.

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Terrified children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday. Image courtesy: Michelle McLoughlin/REUTERS

When the US constitution was drafted, it was a different time; the country was young and peace was still fragile. The guns were lethal at the time, but nowhere near as lethal as the guns of today. When the founding fathers wrote the constitution, it took about a minute to reload a musket with gun powder; now you can fire off several rounds of bullets in one minute using an automatic weapon or a larger weapon (like AK-47s which are apparently available on the US black market if you know the right people, and like the one that Adam Lanza used).

This, by the way, is the gun in question. This is not a recreational weapon, or whatever you need a gun for. This isn’t a hunting rifle (and yes, I detest hunting with a passion). This is a weapon for use on battlefields; this gun was designed with one purpose and one purpose only: to inflict maximum casualties in minimum time.

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This is a .223-calibre assault rifle. Image Courtesy: http://reagan-was-a-horrible-president.tumblr.com

So, USA, you find yourselves at a crossroads. Again. Tell me, please, what will it take? It didn’t take the 12 children and 1 teacher murdered at Columbine, Colorado. It didn’t take the 32 people who were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre. It didn’t take the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords which didn’t kill her, but which did kill 5 other people. It didn’t take the 12 people who died in the Colorado movie theatre tragedy. It didn’t take the 6 people killed in the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. What about now? Will it take the 27 who died in the Sandy Hook tragedy?

Constitutions can be amended for a reason; they must always reflect the reality of the world we _currently_ live in. Enough is enough is enough.