I, along with most of our nation, was angered by yet another school shooting. Along with most of our nation’s leaders, my heart and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones in these tragedies. Along with the students from Parkland High and many others throughout the country, I am angry that Congress has refused to take action to deal with gun violence in our country, and I salute these young people for their willingness to fight for change.
Here is the wording of the Second Amendment to our Constitution: “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.” In the District of Columbia vs. Heller decision, the court’s conservatives (in a 5-4 ruling) decided the amendment simply gives Americans the right to own guns for personal use. This is despite the amendment’s opening language: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state …” Whatever happened to “well regulated militia”? Did the framers of the Constitution not mean it?
The security of the free state is being challenged by people shooting up churches, schools, theaters, etc. with high-powered guns. It is now up to the Congress to act on the part of the amendment invalidated by the Supreme Court; i.e., regulating the right to bear arms.
I challenge Representative Stefanik to immediately propose some solutions to this problem, which day by day is getting worse. I freely admit I do not have the answer. However, there are many who have studied the issue (in addition to the NRA). I am certain they would be glad to help her formulate a bill for Congress to act on.
Representative Stefanik, your constituents deserve your action on this.
Tom Parsons, Lake Luzerne