The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, "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."
Most people are only aware of the last half of how it reads. They aren't aware that it calls for regulation. If somebody even attempts to speak of regulation of gun rights, there is an immediate outcry accusing that their rights are being repressed. That you want to "go against" what the Constitution says and you're implementing a government takeover and want to invade and "take our guns!"
An all too common response to the notion that "guns kill people" is that "cars kill people, and we aren't going to take cars away."
If guns "kill" people in the same way as cars "kill" people, and shouldn't be "unfairly" targeted, and we aren't going to ban cars, I suggest you consider this;
to operate and own a car you must:
- after reaching a certain age, one must study for and take a written test for a Permit to learn the skill and the rules of safe driving.
- attend a classroom driver education course. And pass!
- participate in an actual physical test of your abilities in operating a car, and pass!
- you then must obtain and keep a license and renew it regularly.
- you must have your car licensed in your state to operate it. The license plate must be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle.
- you must register each vehicle you own and pay for a current yearly tag for it to remain licensed. Yearly!
- in many states, you must get each of your vehicles inspected and must pass the inspection. If your vehicle doesn't pass, you cannot operate it until inspection is passed.
- it is law that you must have auto insurance for each vehicle that you operate.
Failure to do any of these things results in losing your privilege of owning and operating your vehicle(s)
Now I propose the same process for gun ownership and operation.
After all, guns only are responsible for killing in the same way that cars are.
This would allow people to continue to own guns in a legal manner, and would not "infringe" on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Russell Abrams Jr.