The Founding Fathers of the United States did not look upon the right to bear arms as something trivial. They gave it second billing in our Constitution: “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.”
Many people believe this sentiment was something new for the times. However dating back to British Common Law (1285) it was clear that the government viewed an armed populous as necessity to keep the people in charge honest. Going forward to US law John Adams said. “I do not deny the inhabitants had a right to arm themselves at the time for their defense, not offence.” In addition, 1939, US vs. Miller required that certain firearms are registered and taxed when sold. Recently The Supreme Court recently ruled against the prohibition of handgun ownership in Washington DC.
After this past week of mayhem, 43 people killed in three different incidences from coast to coast. The key that connects these crimes together is that all the guns were bought legally and registered properly. These men all had personal issues; however none were mentally unfit or had previous felonies on record. So is the question about the 2nd Amendment or do we ask culturally and morally where have we gone as a nation.
I’m sure that the pro, the anti- lobbyist, the politician are going to knock each other out to get front of these tragedies. My wish is that they look at the cause of these deaths and less the weapon of choice