Mass killings and lockdown drills are more routine than any earthquakes we fear. Teachers, students and citizens are being slaughtered by domestic terrorists with mental and anger issues.
In Washington, I can’t bring a water bottle into the legislative gallery because I might throw it, hurting a lawmaker, but I can bring a loaded firearm anywhere in that building.
Yes, I own firearms through legitimate procedures and background checks and I taught U.S. history. The NRA should remember that the Constitution says: 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.
The key is before the comma. Our founders intended arms-bearing as a collective right, for the community’s protection, not an individual right.
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That was a time when we had no systematic police forces or even much of an army. The National Guard and police agencies are our well-regulated militia now.
Rights aren’t infringed by waiting three days to get a gun or undergoing instant background checks.
Laws won’t prevent all senseless killings, but neither do seat belt regulations.