We must achieve gun violence prevention in our schools and at the same time preserve responsible gun ownership. We can do it. It is Constitutional. The challenge is to avoid absolutist fear-fostering images that restricting a dangerous weapon starts taking all guns away.
In District of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 decision ruled that the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to own guns for personal self-defense. In doing so, the justices very clearly stated that society has the right to, and legitimate interest in, controlling gun ownership.
David Ropeik of The Big Think writes and quotes, “On pp. 54 and 55, the majority opinion, written by conservative bastion Justice Antonin Scalia, states: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited …” It is “… not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.&r...
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