When our founders wrote the Second Amendment I doubt they meant that all mentally deranged people should have a sacred right to carry guns and murder people. If what is going on today in our schools, and elsewhere, was happening then I would think they would have at least made a proviso that their concern for the need of an armed citizenry to protect itself did not mean that any loony tune or person sick of mind should have easy access to guns.
I have the same feeling as does President Obama on this one. He said he was “stunned” after the gunning down of a class full of first graders somewhat over a year ago that Washington was powerless to do anything. And now there have been a rash of school shootings, one just yesterday in Oregon where one student was shot dead by another student, who then killed himself.
I’ve been reading a book about the whole history of the Second Amendment and so far it seems to me that its authors were talking more of the value of state militias as something to counter a national army run by the central government, although they may well have been addressing an individual right inherent in that idea as well.
Whatever, it does seem incredible to me that we seem to be held hostage to the Second Amendment and the gun lobby, being prevented from making common sense rules on safety. And I don’t mean disarming the public. And I realize that all the laws in the world would not stop every deranged person. But one would think some prudent steps need to be taken.
(Many say that there are already enough laws on the books, they just need to be enforced. Somehow I think something must be missing.)
Again, as I often write, we need citizen legislators who are not professional politicians at the mercy of lobbyists to fund their campaigns or to not put out propaganda against them, in this case the gun lobby.
The right to keep and bear arms can be preserved with reasonable regulation aimed at public safety I would think.
The mental sickness that seems to have pervaded our society will not be solved by gun laws of course. But that fact should not be used as ammunition against any reasonable gun safety precautions.
I think it would be interesting to see a study documenting in these cases through the years how people obtained their guns and the timing. I mean do these people go crazy and then go out and buy guns or find them somehow or what?
Gun rights supporters worry that any move to curb access to guns will eventually lead to the confiscation and prohibition of guns. If things keep going the way they have been, violence wise, who knows?