By Jen Brockman
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre revealed again Wednesday why the gun control debate doesn’t really revolve around the 2nd Amendment. The debate isn’t about rights. It’s about fear. LaPierre confessed this to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL):
“What people all over the country fear today is being abandoned by their government. If a tornado hits, if a hurricane hits, if a riot occurs that they’re going to be out there alone. And the only way they’re going to protect themselves in the cold and the dark, when they’re vulnerable, is with a firearm. And I think that indicates how relevant and essential the Second Amendment is in today’s society to fundamental human survival.”
Recently, we were shocked and saddened by the mass murder of 20 innocent children with a “Bushmaster” assault weapon. It is perverse that this has sparked an explosion in national sales of such weapons. These sales are insults to the memory of those who died at Newtown, CT. In response to this tragedy President Obama charged Vice President Biden to formulate the administration’s response: Reforms to lessen the likelihood of future mass murders. Many citizens and organizations were asked to give their advice to the government. Mr. Biden has promised to give his report to the President on Tuesday.
Personally, I think that certain guns should be allowed–under license–for hunting and sport shooting. Military-style weapons should be banned for use by the public along with high-capacity clips and so-called, “cop killer” bullets. There should be a federal registry of all gun owners and they should be required to secure their weapons in a gun safe or under lock and key. There should be strict administration of the new laws and penalties. Gun use is a part of our culture and is protected by The Constitution. The US Supreme Court has ruled in “Heller” that assault weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment. Should all assault weapons now in use be subject to a mandatory “buy-back” program is subject for a national conversation.
I pray that God will bless Vice President with insightful and concrete reforms in the ownership and use of guns in America. I ask this in Jesus’ name. —GoodOleWoody
There are several versions of the text of the Second Amendment, each with slight capitalization and punctuation differences, found in the official documents surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights. One version was passed by the Congress, while another is found in the copies distributed to the States and then ratified by them.
As passed by the Congress:
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.
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.