It doesn't help when gun-control advocates like President Obama specifically mention Australia as a model for reform, or when liberal magazines like the New Republic repeatedly post this headline: "It's Time To Ban All Guns".
"A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed", he added. But they were cut down by the NRA, which essentially spit in the eyes of grieving families. A heinous act by a troubled young man who had no motive other than he was a troubled young man who should have never been allowed near one gun, let alone the arsenal he and his mother shared. The bill was approved by a Senate committee last week on a party line vote.
I carried Gandhi's words with me as I learned the details of the Las Vegas tragedy, just as I had carried them with me last April when I made a decision to attend the National Rifle Association's annual convention in downtown Atlanta. While I acknowledge that the Constitution clearly grants the right to bare arms, we still must bear arms responsibly.
What has to be done once and for all is to repeal the Second Amendment and not replace it by any valueless tighter gun control measures. But then, we continue with our days until it inevitably happens again. I have not heard a response to Las Vegas from Congress' friends at the NRA, but I assume that they will argue that if all those people who were targeted by the terrorist would just have had their own fully automatic rifles they would have survived.
I'd like to see how the NRA explains that away. If I transfer ownership, I want to be required to report that to the government.
From a personal-safety standpoint, more guns means less safety. Before I can get that license I should have a thorough background check to make sure I don't have a record of crime, domestic abuse, mental illness or drug abuse.
"And when asked by Gallup in October 2016 whether there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?", just 23 percent supported it, 76 percent of respondents opposed it. I should pay a significant license fee to cover the costs of this program and I should be required to renew my license every so often, say every five years. Her bill, introduced Wednesday, would outlaw devices such as the one Paddock used that make it possible to convert a semiautomatic gun to fire rounds rapidly like an automatic weapon.
Radical proposals? Not really. More than 19,000 of the 31,000 gun deaths in 2010 were from suicide, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. And even if weapons did matter, the government controls enough firepower to vaporize us all many, many times over.
"Sanders: The president has been clear that he's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I don't have anything further at this point".
My unwavering belief in Second Amendment rights was shaken to its core that day in December 2012. That's ironic since even the plain language of the Second Amendment doesn't imply that we've been granted a right to carry a gun anywhere without training.
And what about that "well regulated militia" part of the amendment? But the Constitution does grant the power to interpret what the Second Amendment actually does mean to the Supreme Court. But it's a movement that has been wildly successful by pulling the debate in their direction. Because last weekend, we witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history with 59 people being murdered and another 500 injured in Las Vegas.