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The Complex Truth About the Second Amendment

Kenneth L. Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 8:42 AM
Exactly. The problem with Steve Chapman and his ilk, pontificating from a contemporary perspective, is that we drift inexorably left, left, left. NO infringement is necessary or effective, and ANY infringement is unconstitutional according to the plain meaning of the 2nd amendment. We tend to become desensitized as a population, over time, and come to accept the "new normal." Also, I equate gun control with hate crime legislation. If guns are banned, what stops people from killing with a hammer? And why should the penalty be different? Is the victim any less dead? Murder is murder, and it's against the law in every state.

The debate on gun control lately has been going like this: Liberals propose various restrictions on allowable firearms, acceptable owners and approved ammunition. Conservatives exclaim, "Second Amendment!" And the debate, at least in the mind of the latter group, is over.

The Second Amendment, they believe, is not just one important provision of our basic government document. It's the first and last word on the subject of firearms.

Viewing the proposals offered since the Sandy Hook massacre, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., concludes the supporters intend "to completely GUT our Second Amendment rights." The Utah Sheriffs' Association warned President Barack...