The Second Amendment

The Columbine massacre took place when I was in high school.  More than two decades and 11 mass school shootings later, many Americans still cherish private gun ownership in the name of the Second Amendment.  In fact, the Second Amendment historically had nothing to do with private gun ownership.  

The Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment to allow states to preserve militias.  The most generous interpretation of the Second Amendment is that private gun ownership and gun control laws were inseparable from one another because guns were very heavily regulated in early America.  In 2008, the Supreme Court changed the established legal doctrines surrounding the Second Amendment in District of Columbia vs. Heller and arbitrarily read in both a heavy dose of individual rights and a litany of exceptions regarding private gun ownership, none of which existed in Revolutionary times.  The decision was a triumph of 8 years of Gays, Guns and God in the political arena.

End private gun ownership now

We should end private gun ownership now.  Members of the police and military should have guns only while on duty.  We need to move aggressively to take on the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in this country.