Once again some nutcase finds it all too easy to lay his hands on an arsenal he has no reasonable need to possess, and innocent people are randomly slaughtered. The latest example of deadly mayhem occurred in a college town in California, a state with some semblance of sane gun control, but not enough to prevent a clearly deranged young man from becoming a well-equipped mass murderer.
Although most other civilized nations have instituted sensible restrictions on the personal ownership of firearms, we can’t do anything significant to stop these endless attacks on our citizenry because of the mighty National Rifle Association and the politicians who cravenly support it. The NRA clamors that to control gun violence in this country would violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
But its hallowed words simply do not add up to the Founding Fathers’ ringing endorsement of gun-owner anarchy: “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’s it! Affirmation of a state’s right to preserve order within the new alliance of the federal union.