Dec 162012
 

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: 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.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms has become THE quintessential right for a small but incredibly well organized group of Americans. The fact of the matter is that nobody can reasonably argue that a private citizen has the right to keep or bear a nuclear weapon. Working back from that premise it is reasonable that the Constitution allows the government to place restrictions on what arms may be kept and borne.

We the people need to have an honest conversation, without hyperbolic rhetoric about an effort to “take away your guns” specifically about the limits of the Second Amendment and the limits of what the American people should be required to bear…

Shall we continue to bear people keeping gun shops or working in gun shops without a criminal background check?

Shall we continue to bear private sales of guns or should those people that registered to own those guns keep them?

Shall we continue to bear people keeping their guns without keeping insurance to mitigate the damage those guns can perpetrate?

Shall we continue to bear people keeping their guns in an unsecured location where a child or intruder can get ahold of it?

Shall we continue to bear people getting around our laws by buying up to 40% of guns at a gun show?

Shall we continue to bear people keeping their silence if their gun is lost or stolen?

Shall we continue to bear people keeping clips that allow a shooter to fire more than 9 rounds without reloading?

Shall we continue to bear some people keeping assault weapons that can produce the kind of carnage that the communities of Aurora and Newtown suffered?

The right to keep and bear arms is NOT absolute, we have to define reasonable limits that protect the right and protect the innocent.

We can’t keep bearing this…

Note: artwork “Struggle by Morton D. Levin”

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