Second Amendment isn’t absolute

After a second mass shooting in the space of a week, a friend noted that only one amendment in the Bill of Rights began with the words “Congress shall make no law.” “It’s not the Second Amendment,” he said. Of course, that doesn’t deter gun rights advocates like Sen. Cynthia Lummis, a Republican from Wyoming. “Every time that there’s an incident like this, the people who don’t want to protect the Second Amendment use it as an excuse to further erode Second Amendment rights,” she said. She’s not wrong, I guess. Many Americans see mass shootings like those in Georgia and Colorado, and they cry out for their leaders to do something, anything, to make the carnage stop. Vice President Kamala Harris accused folks like Lummis of setting up a false choice. “This is not about getting rid of the Second Amendment,” Harris said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “It’s simply about saying we need reasonable gun safety laws.” Both she and President Joe Biden have spoken out in support of such reform. “The point here is Congress needs to act,” Harris said during that CBS interview. “On the House side, they did. There are two bills which the president is prepared to sign, and so we need the Senate to act.” Biden also urged Congress to reinstate a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that had been in effect for 10 years in the 1990s and early 2000s. “There is no reason why we have […]

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