Guns nuts always recite "Second Amendment!" but they extract only five words, "the right to bear arms", out of context. It's short enough even for them to memorize wholly: "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." Clearly they dislike that "well-regulated" part.
I maintain that neither two Columbine students, nor one Va. Tech student, nor a post-office worker constitutes a militia, let alone regulated. OK, the Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings, Westies and Yakuza are militias, but regulated? The Amendment's context is a country's army defending the country – against armed enemies, hence the law's recognizing self-defense against a life threat. I consider this a gun's sole legitimate use.
Gun nuts always chant "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." Two brain cells say both premise and conclusion are wrong: guns should be regulated, not outlawed, and even if outlawed, the authorities too would have guns, like the police and soldiers gun nuts so ardently support.
Even they should understand: another Wild West is repeating failed history. Yet they can't wait seven days, they can't do with one gun a month, and they refuse background checks while calling themselves law-abiding – what's to hide? Their "convenience" argument is, quite simply, completely insane regarding instruments of death. They remind us that cars, purchased for convenience, kill too, but I remind them that getting a car involves a certain age, a written test, driving school, a road test, and regular renewal – imagine if that were true of guns! Actually, among well-regulated militias, it is: soldiers and officers continually train, practice and pass tests. Every gun owner should do the same: the right to bear arms necessitates the responsibility – unlike cars, guns kill by design.
We have technology that traces every gun and bullet and senses a gun's proximity to its owner's property. Robert Kennedy might say: too many gun tragedies – why? This technology isn't used – why not? Most gun nuts are also pro-life, right? Jesus would like the Bible in one hand, but not the gun in the other. That these insane, selfish, illogical, hypocritical, anarchy-favoring, Republican-voting, conservative-thinking nuts both own and use instruments of death – frequently and legally! – should scare us all.
Commentary by J. Andrew Smith, Bloomfield, NJ