What is going on in this country with guns?

What is going on in this country with guns?

Ghost guns seized from a Port Washington man by the Nassau County District Attorney were put on display in 2019. Credit: Howard Schnapp What is going on in this country? Here’s my reaction to the San Jose, California mass shooting ["Sheriff: Gunman targeted some," News, May 28]. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This is the Second Amendment to the Constitution. This one sentence has been interpreted and reinterpreted over two centuries. The interpretation I learned growing up, and later taught, is that in order to protect a state’s freedom and security, the people of that state have the right to keep and bear arms when serving as part of a "well-regulated militia." What the Congress has allowed — and now states are beginning to allow — is for the Second Amendment to be a license for anyone to own weapons never before imagined that deprive innocents of their right to life. The men and women in Congress can’t participate in verbal disagreement without violent language. It seems we can’t settle disagreements without physical violence, taking away the lives of others. The governor of California just asked this poignant question: What is wrong with this country? When will my right to live without fear of random acts of violence be valued more highly than the right of an individual to carry a gun? Indeed, what is going on […]

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