Commentary: ‘Common sense,’ ‘rational’ doesn’t justify destroying the Second Amendment

The Delaware State News reported on May 10 “Three controversial gun bills will not be released from committee, meaning they are essentially dead.” Well, Delaware has dodged a bullet — pun intended. At least for now. I am so sick of hearing about the need for “common sense” and “rational” gun laws. We either have a Second Amendment, or we don’t. Think about the First Amendment for a moment. Do we place “common sense” and “rational” restrictions on free speech? I know some people would like to do so, but that’s a separate discussion. The point is: Most of us don’t apply this silliness about “common sense laws” to the First Amendment. Basically, you’re free to speak and think what you choose, on your time or property, so long as you don’t impose force or fraud on others. Michael J. Hurd So why can’t you be free to own a weapon of your choosing, with whatever number of rounds you choose, so long as you’re not a known criminal? Remember: These laws are for law-abiding people. We’re talking about how to impose gun ownership limits on people who never have committed, and will never commit, a violent crime against another. They would never, ever use a weapon against another other than in self-defense, something that law enforcement is not always available to provide. Banning guns completely, as most gun control advocates want, won’t make any of us safer. So how will these additional restrictions that will only be followed […]

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