Solve gun problem with 18th-century thinking | Letters

Solve gun problem with 18th-century thinking | Letters

Star-Ledger letters to the editor There has been much hand-wringing over decades about murderous gunfire among civilians, especially with semiautomatic “assault” weapons. Recently, there were mass killings in Georgia and Colorado. One large segment of the public blames the omnipresence of guns among the public, and another blames the mental condition of the perpetrators. Consequently, nothing ever gets done because so many gun owners cite the Second Amendment of the Constitution as a sacred right to possess personal firearms, blessed by the nation’s founders. Actually, a solution is really quite simple, and it should satisfy all sides. In as much as the U.S. Supreme Court has basically nullified the initial clause of the amendment linking possession rights to militias, gun owners no longer have to worry about possessing weapons to fight a war. And frankly, few of them would want to engage in a war, anyway. So, for them, it’s a matter of having a firearm blessed by the Founding Fathers that they can use for hunting, target practice and home defense. What firearms were extant during the revolutionary period? Muzzleloaders. If all current civilian firearms were exchanged for muzzleloaders, gun owners could still enjoy their rights, pursuits and hobbies, and the public would be protected from mass shootings by crazed individuals. Even the fastest, most experienced shooter would need about a minute to reload between shots, which could be enough time for potential victims to either escape or assault the shooter. That very fact would likely discourage some […]

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