Young people from area high schools throughout the country are staging a "walk-out" from school this very day to empathsize their demands that the White House and Congress must act. They are saying ENOUGH is ENOUGH -- they want action.
In the face of such courage and tenancity, contrasted with the cowardice and inaction of supposed adult leaders, one can only point again to the words used by one of the most conservative Justices ever, Antonin Scalia, when he wrote the majority opinion for the Court in District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008:
Six states and the District of Columbia require registration of some or all firearms. Hawaii and the District of Columbia require the registration of all firearms, and New York requires the registration of all handguns through its licensing law.10 Hawaii, New York and four other states also have a registration system for certain highly dangerous firearms, such as assault weapons. (For more information about such laws, see their summaries on Assault Weapons, 50 Caliber Weapons, and Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines).
- Registration required for all firearms prior to taking possession, or, in the case of firearms already owned or brought into the jurisdiction, immediately after the firearm is brought into the jurisdiction
- Registration to include: name, address and other identifying information about the owner of the firearm; names of manufacturer and importer; model, type of action, caliber or gauge, and serial number of firearm; and name and address of source from which firearm was obtained (Hawaii, District of Columbia)
- Registered owners are required to renew registration annually, including submitting to a background check (D.C. requires renewal every three years; New York requires handgun licensees to recertify their licenses every five years)
- Registered owners are required to report any loss, theft or transfer of the registered firearm to law enforcement within a short time of the event and to turn in their registration card or certificate upon loss, theft or transfer (District of Columbia)
- Registered owners are required to store all firearms safely and securely
- Additional restrictions may include limitations on where registered firearms may be possessed and to whom they may be transferred (particularly relevant for certain classes of firearms such as assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, and large capacity magazines)
In other words – and this is CRUCIAL -- a right to ownership of guns (protected by the 2nd Amendment) is not equivalent to the issue of the safety, viability, potential danger, and potential defects of a product: manufactured guns. Ownership of guns is the protected right; the gun as a manufactured product has no constitutional rights.
Any such manufactured product found wanting in certain areas, can (and should) be restricted by government in its role as protector of the general welfare, of domestic tranquility and of equal application of justice for all. Moreover, any potential or actual use of such a product in the commission of a crime or to do harm to another, must be regulated, restricted or banned, and then appropriately punished.
An article of note, written by Fisher and Keller, November 7, 2017, for the NY Times, asks "What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?" and indicates that comparisons with other countries might provide an answer. To be overly brief, worldwide research, they say, indicates that mental health, racial tensions, a violent society represented by video games, or high rates of suicide are not found to be the determinant factors they are touted to be. What is the major factor, then? Hear their words:
"These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.
The fact that the NRA has a lobbying arm that is also a front for gun manufacturers, receiving monetary support from the very industry they are go all-out to protect is nothing short of bribery and a kick-back scheme. They are guilty of selling a second amendment right to the highest bidders, of pimping for their contributors, and of unwitting complicity in the 117,000 deaths of men, women, and children every year by gun violence.
ENOUGH -- YOU ARE BEING BAMBOOZLED by the NRA, the Supreme Court (and lower courts), plus the Congress and the White House for as long as you buy the premise that potentially lethal weapons should have no restrictions placed upon them. Think what would happen on our roads and highways if the same premise was applied to automobiles -- no restrictions would lead to a calamity. We cannot allow products and services that can potentially harm and ultimately kill people to be protected from regulation and restriction without sharing some responsibility for the deaths that occur.
ENOUGH – don’t let those NRA members who want to protect themselves from phantom government agents and imagined government takeover of your guns become your mentors. As we do in so many other areas of our lives, let us treat licensing and registration and owner titles as reasonable contributions to the welfare and the tranquility of our nation.
ENOUGH! -- We must realize that we can protect the welfare of all the People by regulations, restrictions, standards and punishments regarding the viability of a potentially harmful product, while still defending their right to ownership within the confines of protecting others from the lethal nature of that product.
ENOUGH! – it’s time to declare your INDEPENDENCE from an NRA that falsely supports the "rights" of a product even though doing so threatens the fundamental rights, welfare and safety of our democratic society and can be used to deny the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness to other individual human beings.
will America continue to accept the killing of children and teachers as bearable because unregulated gun ownership is worth that cost?