Guest column: We need more than hopes and prayers

Guest column: We need more than hopes and prayers

Your turn “The only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’ every time…and wonder why these things keep happening." — mass murderer Ian David Long We have had a recent flood of mass shootings. But that is nothing new. In 2018, Long posted the above on Facebook and Instagram. It was just before he walked into a college hang-out bar in a white California middle-class neighborhood near where my brother lives and fatally shot 12 people, mostly students. Long used a semi-automatic pistol with high-capacity magazines, plus a smoke bomb. Long was known to be mentally ill, as even he acknowledged. But the ex-Marine still legally purchased guns and was able to illegally obtain high-capacity magazines. The Second Amendment to the Constitution is poorly written and reads as follows,“A well regulated Militia,being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The U.S. government, all branches and state governments can do many things to prevent gun violence consistent with this amendment. They choose not to. First, the Roberts Supreme Court can and should reverse its activist, highly political decisions on guns (District of Columbia v. Heller,2008 andMcDonald v. Chicago,2010). In them, the Roberts court decided to reinterpret the Constitution such that individuals, rather than state militias, had a right to bear arms. Prior to these 5-4 decisions, the Second Amendment was interpreted (United States v. Miller, 1939) to mean that state militias […]

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