The Second Amendment

The Second Amendment

Imagine my astonishment when I returned home from a month-long trip to find the Grayson County News featuring, not one but, three Viewpoints decrying the increasing number of gun owners nationwide. Author Mark Heinz suggests several possible motives: civil unrest in our streets, and Covid-induced chaos that “exacerbated…social inequities.” Influenced by his adult son’s recent purchase, however, he comes to the extraordinary conclusion that many novices were terrified into gun ownership by hordes of gun-toting Trump supporters. He blames Republicans, as they, “foster and facilitate a system that creates fear and uncertainty” and actually “compel” otherwise peaceful folk to purchase weapons. Perhaps this seems a likely motive for a resident of Nolin Lake, Kentucky. As someone who has spent every year of her life, less this last one, in major metropolitan crime centers (pre-Rudy Giuliani New York City and Chicago), allow me to present a different perspective. Law-abiding citizens are terrified of criminals who break into their homes, carjack their vehicles, and steal their wallets and phones at gunpoint. They fear gangbangers who open fire on highways, in parks and playgrounds, killing blameless bystanders and innocent children because they think they spy a member of a rival gang I think I can safely assure Mr. Heinz that these criminals are not Trump supporters. I suspect they are not so civic minded as to vote at all. I can recall, only one violent crime attributed to Trump supporters. In Chicago, actor Jussie Smollet claimed that he was attacked by two […]

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