Thoughts on gun ownership in the U.S.

It was ironic that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s recent hearing to deal with the tragic killings of seven persons in Georgia coincided with the even more tragic, but all too predictable, events in Boulder, Colo., where a likely deranged man opened fire on unsuspecting shoppers and vaccine seekers at a supermarket, killing 10 persons. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), tanned and rested from his recent trip to Cancun during Texas’ recent energy crisis, sought to out-Trump Trump while the “former guy” was on lockdown from Twitter. At the hearing, Cruz, who enjoys an A+ rating from the now-bankrupt NRA, called the efforts of the Judiciary Committee to bring some kind of reasonable restraints on the out-of-control number of deaths due to gunfire, merely “theatre.” I agree that it is “theatre,” but it is “theatre of the absurd.” The GOP has already won the major battle regarding the “right to bear arms” as a result of the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision Heller v. District of Columbia, holding that the right to own arms – unrelated to membership in a militia – is protected by the Second Amendment. What was “absurd” about Cruz’s remarks was his false accusation that the Judiciary Committee’s intent was to take away the arms from “lawful citizens.” This was plainly untrue; as untrue as Cruz’s erroneous contention on Jan. 6 that President Biden did not legally win the 2020 election by over 7 million votes or that Biden’s election was obtained by massive fraud. What Cruz […]

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