Editorial: As gun deaths surge, it’s time to say ‘enough’ to Second Amendment absolutism

Editorial: As gun deaths surge, it’s time to say ‘enough’ to Second Amendment absolutism

Wounded commuters are given first aid after a shooting on a New York subway train on Tuesday morning, April 12, 2022. Multiple people were shot on the platform of a Brooklyn subway station during the Tuesday morning rush, officials said, a violent episode that heightened simmering fears about public safety as New York City struggles to recover from the pandemic. (Andrew Hinderaker/The New York Times) The same week that a 62-year-old man boarded a subway train in Brooklyn and opened fire on his fellow passengers with a Glock 9-millimeter handgun, Georgia became the 23rd state to allow almost anybody and everybody to walk around with a concealed handgun on their person, no permit required. Texas was the 20th to dispense with permits; it’s a trend. The subway shooter has been walking around with a gun at least since 2011. That’s when he purchased his gun legally. Millions of his fellow Americans during the past couple of years have been buying guns at an ever-accelerating rate. In March last year, federal background checks reached one million in a week for the first time since the government began tracking them in 1998.

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