Our View: Vote ‘no’ on Second Amendment sanctuary

Our View: Vote 'no' on Second Amendment sanctuary

People gathered for a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg in 2015. The Second Amendment protects one of our most fundamental rights. Gun ownership, whether for self-defense at home or as the last gasp against tyranny, is an essential liberty. On the North Coast, where hunting is a tradition for many families, guns are also a staple of our culture. The U.S. Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008, ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms. The decision settled the legal question over whether the right to bear arms was connected to service in a militia. But the court also held that the Second Amendment is not unlimited. Licensing, regulations on concealed weapons, restrictions on possession by felons and the mentally ill, limits on carrying guns in sensitive places like schools and government buildings, conditions on commercial sales and prohibitions on dangerous or unusual weapons are all legal. We have argued for more safeguards to prevent gun violence. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 39,740 firearm-related deaths in 2018 — or about 109 deaths every day. Six out of 10 were suicides, the CDC found, while 3 out of 10 were homicides. School shootings in the United States are disturbingly common. On Oct. 1, Oregon marked the five-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg that left 10 people dead. Our hyperpartisan politics — in Washington, D.C., and in […]

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