Put limits on the Second Amendment now
The Kansas City Star
Today’s gun hearing in Washington is making it clearer than ever why there have to be limits on the Second Amendment.
A civilized society does not exist when people like the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre are running around, clinging to their guns and claiming - without proof - that they need to have high-capacity magazines to defend themselves, especially against the federal government.
Instead, Congress needs to place strong limits on how far the Second Amendment can be used to arm Americans.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, has it exactly right: We have limitations on our other important rights - especially on free speech and against unreasonable search and seizure.
“Just like on the First Amendment, we say you can’t scream fire in a crowded theater falsely,” he said on “Meet the Press” over the weekend. “We have anti-pornography laws. We have anti-libel laws. There are reasonable limitations. And some in the pro-gun movement, and the NRA in many instances, doesn’t believe in any limitation at all. That is not unconstitutional, that just is dumb.”
Schumer and other gun control advocates need to stop kowtowing to those gun lovers who claim the Second Amendment is absolute.
It isn’t. Let’s put some very strong limits on it to save lives in the future.