Opinion/Fieseher: When enforced, firearms regulations work

Opinion/Fieseher: When enforced, firearms regulations work

“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” ~ Second Amendment to the Constitution 1791. The insurrection on Jan. 6 could have been much worse. On that day, insurrectionists were invited to Washington, DC by “the former guy” [in the White House] and they acted on what they thought were his instructions. They planted pipe bombs at both the Democratic and Republican headquarters, perhaps as a diversion tactic. They brought in Molotov cocktails, zip ties, bullet-proof vests, baseball bats, metal pipes and constructed several gallows in an attempt to overthrow the 2020 election and kidnap and kill the Vice President and members of Congress. Some brought in guns, but most of the guns were stashed outside the District of Columbia because of firearms restriction laws. Without those firearms restrictions, the events of Jan. 6 could have been quite different. We could have lost our Vice President, half of the US Congress and our Democracy itself. The insurrectionists thought they were patriots. The “former guy” called them patriots. They believed they were the “good guys with a gun.” If more of them had carried guns during the insurrection, there would have been many more injuries and deaths. The death toll on Jan. 6 was far less than at Sandy Hook, Parkland or Las Vegas. In short, firearms regulations save lives. The Second Amendment calls for “well-regulated militias,” not simply militias. The militias […]

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