Some limits to Second Amendment are necessary

I’ve had it! We have mass shooting after mass shooting, usually with military-style weapons, and we do nothing to stop them. It’s time to get the damned guns away from people. The weapons the drafters of the Second Amendment had in mind were barrel-loaded muskets. So fine. Let everybody have a barrel-loaded musket. Those drafters couldn’t even imagine an AR-15.

The conditions have changed. Almost anyone can buy an AR-15 or something similar, and absolutely no civilian on the face of the earth has a legitimate need or purpose for one. It’s way past time that we stop considering the Second Amendment right as the only nearly unconditional right we have. All rights are restricted to some extent. When are we going to restrict the Second Amendment right so we can stop the mass shootings with automatic rifles? It’s way past time for us to do so.

Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Sorenson


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