All Posts Tagged With: "2nd Amendment"

Violence Can’t Solve America’s Problems

The shooting in at a Tucson political meeting Saturday was abhorrent.  We are praying for the injured and the families of those who died.

And for the young man who thought this was somehow an answer to our nation’s problems.

Gabrielle Giffords did nothing to deserve this or any violent attack.  I don’t know a lot about the Arizona congresswoman, but in briefly reviewing her web site, I’m struck by the fact that she has been driving a campaign for fiscal restraint, including reducing Congressional pay.  At the moment, I see her as one of the good guys.  But even people like Barney Frank and Charlie Rangel do not deserve to be attacked violently.

It seems that the shooter is possibly a deranged conspiracy theorist.  …


A Run On… Ammo?

A friend of mine at work shared an interesting story.  A few weeks back we had discussed gun ownership.  I purchased a handgun about a year ago, and he was thinking about buying one.  I told him it went pretty smoothly for me… I went to the County Sheriff’s office, filled out the forms, and a week later I had my purchase permit.

So, he went ahead and got his permit.  It took two weeks instead of one (possibly they are a little backed up with requests?).  Then he went a big box outdoor store here in town and purchased a 9 mil.  No big deal.

Except he couldn’t purchase any ammunition.

Not that he needed something rare and hard to find.  They were out …


Supreme Court: Guns Still In Vogue

Court ScalesThank goodness, albeit another split decision, the court came through with a good decision. In DC v Heller, the court ruled in favor of gun ownership. We discussed this case back when arguments wrapped up in April. For those of you that are sure to argue that my position yesterday was that the court should have stayed away from the state’s right to legislate on the death penalty, one must understand that there are significant differences here.

One (death penalty) has to do with the meting out of punishment, which is certainly addressed in the 8th amendment.  For that reason, the court certainly has a role in ensuring that the 8th Amendment is not abrogated.  In Kennedy v Louisiana, however, the case does …


Follow-up on DeKalb Shootings

I’m still a little overwhelmed by the events of Valentine’s Day.

People died or were injured and should not have been. It never should have happened. As with any other shooting of this type, we will have days of analysis about the drugs that this young man stopped taking, about the easy availability of the weapons he used, and why stronger measures need to be put in place to limit the availability of these weapons from unstable members of the public.

What a bunch of nonsense.

I was hit with a surprisingly poignant question from my wife after the death toll was first announced:

Can I learn to fire a gun?

Wow. That hit me like a ton of bricks.

One thing about your friendly …


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