When I was a Republican, years ago, if I had been encouraged to accept someone like Donald Trump as the party nominee for President of the United States, I would have said “No way; no how!” I would have been an emphatic leader in the “Dump Trump” movement.
Trump is likely going to be, notwithstanding efforts to the contrary, the Republican nominee for the presidency. I have not been a Republican for nearly twenty years; so, I’m not awfully invested in Republican decision-making, despite what readers might think.
I AM invested in the on-going efforts in Congress to deal someway, somehow with the issue of gun control. It appears that nothing is working!–certainly not appeasing the NRA; certainly not outlawing any type of gun, certainly not doing anything that smacks of repudiating the Second Amendment.
To make sure readers really know what the Second Amendment says, here it is: “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 context is obvious. Now, we no longer need a citizen-based well-regulated militia. It is clearly no longer “necessary to the security of a free State.” We have a powerful United States military establishment. We have individual state National Guards, and every municipality has a well-qualified police force.
I cannot envision a time when the guy across the street (I’m too old!) will be called upon to serve as a citizen-soldier in a “well regulated Militia” to protect the sovereignty of our nation.
I have no problem with pistols for target shooting or for protection against home invasion. I have no problem with the kind of weaponry my father owned for hunting. Caveat: As long as these weapons are kept secured from inquisitive children. When my son became a policeman, I gave him my pistol. I told him I was assuming he knew how to handle it safely, and that I never wanted to hear that one of my grand-daughters had been killed by the mishandling of a pistol I had given their father.
I do have a huge problem with individuals owning military-style weapons manufactured for the singular purpose of mass-killing human beings! Manufacture and possession of these types of weapons must be outlawed in our country. Further, a deadline should be set for the collection of these privately-held weapons–not by seizure–but by their being voluntarily surrendered to appropriate authorities–then destroyed!
As to mass murderers using the aforesaid weapons, because they see no reason to obey the law, where would they obtain them? Consider that illegal weapons would, as well, be collected by the appropriate authorities in due time.
For the Congress to ignore the need for adequate gun control after the horrific deaths of hundreds of Americans in government buildings, schools, theaters, bars and at public events is nonsensical. Legislators who refuse to act responsibly must, in the future, be denied a seat in the hallowed chambers of government.