The slaughter of 20 little children and many of their teachers today in Connecticut reminded me that the Second Amendment states only that state militias should be armed. That’s it. Not in a state militia: no right to bear arms:
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.
Want to own a gun as a private citizen, for example as a hunter? Do it subject to reasonable limitations imposed by our elected representatives. My proposal for a good first principle: crazy people should not be allowed to own guns.
Of course, the narrowest possible Supreme Court majority doesn’t agree with me at all, but they would if they were progressive, reality-based thinkers instead of blinkered ideologues locked in an intellectual Tower of Silence and corrupted by corporate money.
Why should kindergardeners be sacrificed to zealots assembled by the gun industry to ensure profits: the National Rifle Association. More generally, the current anarchist-inspired gun rules in this country are an inspirational example of the importance of getting the radical faction that dominates the Supreme Court out of office and accelerating the demise of the Republican Party that put them there.
Most specifically, for the record, the recently departed Senator Scott “As you can see, she’s not” Brown generally opposed gun control regulation during his tenure in Washington and, before that, in Massachusetts. Just one example of the harm that small-minded politician did during his time in office. Globe:
In January 2011, following an Arizona shooting that killed six people and injured US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Brown offered more pointed opposition to federal gun restrictions, saying he was “not in favor of doing any additional federal regulations with regard to any type of weapons or federal gun changes.’’ …
In the Legislature, Brown was a reliable vote for gun rights, with one major exception. He supported the state version of an assault weapons ban. But several of his votes earned top marks from gun rights groups, including an A-plus in 2008 from the Gun Owners’ Action League. Among them was a vote against a 2004 measure that sought to ban assault weapons manufactured prior to 1994. While serving as a state representative in 2002, he sided with a number of Democrats in allowing residents who had certain felony convictions to get gun licenses after seven years.