Saturday, May 18, 2013

IT'S NOT THE GUNS - PART 2

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Haymeadow Trailer Park in Bossier City that sent an 11-year-old boy to the hospital.

Authorities say two boys, aged 11 and 13, were at the older child's home around 4 p.m. Friday when the teen accidently shot the 11-year-old in the abdomen with a .22 handgun revolver. The weapon belongs to a family member of the teenager.
The injuries to the 11 year old boy are not life-threatening, and the shooting was determined to be accidental.  Will anyone be held responsible for owning a loaded hand-gun which is accessible to children?

The NRA brays about restrictions on responsible gun owners, but, in addition to guns used to commit crimes, frequent accidents involving guns and children indicate that a good many gun owners, who, though they do not use their weapons to commit crimes, are obviously not responsible gun owners.  Would it be against the 2nd Amendment to pass laws requiring gun owners to secure their weapons and ammunition to prevent children from having access?  I think not.
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 "well-regulated" descriptive in the 2nd Amendment is completely ignored by those opposed to regulations on gun ownership.  Before the spate of mass shootings, an incident such as the above may not have been the subject of a news report, so perhaps we should consider that we are making progress.

6 comments:

  1. Obviously they do not know what the word 'regulated' means.

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    1. Also, as a Facebook friend pointed out, the law would infringe on the right of children to bear arms. After all, children are people, too, just like corporations.

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  2. From 1875 until 2008 the US Supreme Court tied the second amendment to the "well-regulated militia" clause. In the latter year a ruling by the Court's usual radical majority potentially nullified any hand-gun control law.

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    1. Unless the 2nd Amendment is repealed (What are the chances?), I expect we're stuck with the albatross and the many consequences that follow.

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  3. Correction - "potentially nullified any gun control law".

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