Saturday, December 22, 2012

Second Amendment Solutions

In the wake of last week's tragedy in Newtown, CT, there's been a lot of introspection on the part of many about the role that guns play in our society, and there's been a lot of deflection from certain vested interests in making sure that blame is cast anywhere but those guns (culminating in a desperate, tone deaf press performance yesterday from NRA head Wayne LaPierre). What's most fascinating to me about the "don't ever blame guns ever" stuff is how completely nuance-free those arguments tend to be.

I'm not opposed to sensible gun laws that make sense terms of allowing for sport and for private owners to protect themselves, but still making sure the public sphere doesn't turn into Dodge City. And yet, to hear some folks, any talk in that direction is akin to trampling on the Second Amendment, wiping your nose with the Constitution and personally flipping George Washington the bird. Here's a good piece by Robert Barry on why a lot of the noise on the right about the Second Amendment and its intent by the Founding Fathers is just that -- noise.

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