COLUMN: Gun rights are not absolute in U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in D.C. v. Heller in 2008, clarified that an individual does have a right to possess a firearm independent of service in a well-regulated militia – which means the National Guard and not terrorist groups like Proud Boys or Oath Keepers. In that same ruling, the court clarified the government can indeed pass gun regulations. Despite this ruling, many cite sensible gun restrictions as "infringement." Gun regulations are not an infringement on anyone’s Second Amendment rights, and if you do not have any felonies on your record, why are you so concerned about expanded background checks? The expanded checks are designed to keep firearms from falling into the hands of unstable and dangerous individuals. The 2015 Charleston shooting is a prime example of the loophole that allows firearms transactions to proceed, despite an incomplete background check. I see ridiculous memes on Facebook that employ totally flawed logic regarding the recent convoluted meme that reads “Let’s reduce drunk driving by taking cars away from sober drivers.” First of all, there are too many people in America who are incredibly delusional who believe the government is going to embark on a massive gun confiscation program, and this meme makes the apples-and-oranges comparison to drunken driving. If you want to pick apart the logic of the meme, you have to remember who loses a driver’s license in the aftermath of a drunken driving conviction. It is not the sober drivers who lose their driving privileges. The government doesn’t […]

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