Editorial: Gun control: Northam takes his crack

Editorial: Gun control: Northam takes his crack

Gun Rights

Last week, an observant reader hastened to inform us the date Gov. Northam selected to convene a special General Assembly on guns is also the anniversary of the approval of 14th Amendment, which extended the rights and privileges of citizenship to African Americans. Of course, part and parcel of this expansion is protection under the Bill of Rights from infringement and even depredation of guarantees — unalienable rights not bestowed by government but granted as a human condition from on high. Which, when last we checked, also included the Second Amendment. As much as anyone else, we decry the prevalence of mass shootings in the United States, the most recent taking place two weeks ago in Virginia Beach, in which a municipal employee walked into a city building and killed 12 people. But we question as well the knee-jerk reaction of politicians who trot out the same old nostrums in hopes of eliminating a problem that cuts deep to man’s soul and has done so, to greater or lesser extent, from time immemorial. Their perennial thought: If only we had universal background checks, then our worries would be over. But never is it that easy, or so cut-and-dried. Mainly because there are so many gun laws that a straightforward approach, faithful to the intent of the Second Amendment, is decidedly elusive. As such, we see the gun-controllers, in whose ranks Mr. Northam now marches, fall back on perennials no longer hardy but rather the consistency and durability of moldy […]

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