Davidson: Not even the 2nd Amendment is absolute

Davidson: Not even the 2nd Amendment is absolute

Gun Rights

Davidson is a retired professor of business law. He retired from the Davis College of Business and Economics at Radford University after 45 years in the classroom, the last 33 at Radford. We recently had two more mass shooting, taking another 31 lives and injuring more than two dozen other innocent people who were just living their lives. According to the Washington Post’s data, such events are becoming more common and occurring more often. Since June 17, 2015 and the shooting in the Charleston., S.C. church, there has been an average of 47 days between mass shooting. And Congress does nothing except issue sound bites. State legislatures, possibly emulating our national leaders, have been similarly inactive. I taught law at the college level for the past 45 years. One of my favorite topics for teaching and for discussion was the U.S. Constitution. I consider this one of the great written works in history. And I have heard, too many times to count, that we cannot restrict guns due to the protection of the Second Amendment. I have heard that the Constitution gives us the “right to keep and bear arms,” so nothing can be done. How many of those people have read the Second Amendment? I suspect too few of them. Using my hundreds, if not thousands, of students as examples, I assure you this is not hyperbole. Contrary to popular belief, the Second Amendment is more than the fourteen words regularly cited (the right of the people to […]

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