Bill Ketter: Disaster in Indianapolis, delay in D.C.

Bill Ketter: Disaster in Indianapolis, delay in D.C.

Mass murder by guns is a tragedy we shouldn’t have to bear. Pursuing ways to prevent it is always the first promise made. Doing something about it is the promise never kept. The grim fatality count this past month — eight shot dead in the Atlanta area, 10 in Boulder and now eight in Indianapolis — accentuates the inertia. Gun advocates are preoccupied with trying to read every protective nuance into the Second Amendment. Gun control supporters are distraught over hostility to their cause from Republicans. There is no middle ground despite the carnage. Yet compromise — long seen as sell out by both sides — is the solution if we ever hope to curtail this senseless cycle of mass murder by guns. A good place to start is the 219-year-old Second Amendment: “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 Supreme Court infrequently wrestles with the meaning of a “well regulated Militia,” which is the introductory clause. The second and last clause refers to the right of the people to own guns and cannot be nullified by the first clause, the court ruled in 2008. The late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia authored the majority opinion. The present issue is not the right to own guns for self-defense, hunting and recreational shooting. That’s been settled by the Supreme Court. The NRA and conservative pols who warn that progressives seek […]

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