Commentary: Does the Second Amendment trump the Fifth Commandment?

Commentary: Does the Second Amendment trump the Fifth Commandment?

Special to the Advertiser A gunman killed nine people last week at a rail yard in San Jose, Calif., before dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said . There have been “at least 200 mass shootings in the first 132 days of this year,” Reuters reported, quoting data from the Gun Violence Archive . CNN, citing the same archive, said the San Jose shooting was the 232nd mass shooting this year , with 17 recorded in a single week in May. Meanwhile in Texas, lawmakers last week approved legislation that permits people to carry handguns without a permit and without instruction of any kind. Surprised? Don’t be. In 2015, our legislature said that guns could be carried on college campuses. And Texas isn’t alone. When the governor signs the bill, Texas will join at least 20 other states that allow handguns to be carried without a permit. I suggest that the United States add a new cabinet position — Secretary of Slaughter. That person could keep tabs on the number of mass shootings as they occur and post the pertinent information online. Whether 15 or 200, we are in Guinness World Records territory here. Think of the possibilities. There could be a mass shooting of the week that people could vote on. We could rank the murders that took place over a seven-day period and have people fill out cards putting them in some kind of order. Don’t we already do this for baseball and football? Murder, […]

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