Limits on certain guns not abrogation of rights

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 21, 2013 


On the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a man in China attacked a group of children in a classroom. No one died. He was armed with a knife, not a Bushmaster.

So now we'll see how many members of Congress will act on behalf of the majority of the country by legislating common-sense gun laws and how many will cower before the National Rifle Association. Regretfully, more in Congress are concerned about primary elections than doing the right thing. There's no interest like self-interest.

Let's dispense with the myth that restricting assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines leads to the slippery slope of taking away all guns. Those who use this argument know it's a lie. No one gives a darn about hunting rifles and gun collections.

Our constitutional rights are not without limits. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia stated in his majority ruling in the Heller case: "Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose."

It's time for all people to have the right to go to a theater, to a shopping mall, to a college, and most of all, to send their children to school without fear of being mowed down by a semi-automatic weapon. The right to live trumps the right to own guns that were designed to kill the maximum amount of people in the shortest amount of time.

Beverly Leick

Hilton Head Island

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