The issue is access to guns: Letter to the Editor


But why should blanket reassurances without accompanying action make students and teachers feel safer?

So wrote Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States from 1969 to 1986, in "The Right to Bear Arms", for Parade Magazine.

People die every day, but a national discussion about preventing gun-related deaths happens only in the aftermath of a particularly large mass shooting. Whether disfavoured or legitimately circumscribed, it is clear that the Second Amendment is not the primary obstacle to gun control.

It is not exactly clear why it is surprising that the NRA believes that law-abiding Americans who have no history of mental illness, domestic abuse, threatening behavior, or other excluding factors should own a gun to defend themselves. You may discern that they require protection from the specter of black people swarming out of the cities to rape and plunder.

More security and prevention at schools are needed now. But while "the guns have changed", she said-alluding to the difference between a musket and an AR-15, the semi-automatic weapon with which the Parkland shooter killed 17 people-"our laws have not". We must demand sensible gun legislation. We need to stop the stockpiling of thousands of bullets and dozens of weapons. Go hunting. The answer to gun violence is not more guns, certainly not in schools.

It is time to look at one more short-sighted idea: the need for a citizens militia. That is a start toward showing how even gun-rights advocates can compromise so the nation can put the Columbine era behind it. Further, Private ownership of machine guns made after 1986 is banned by federal law.

Racist fears: When people explain why they think it necessary to accumulate arsenals for the defense of their families, listen for the coded language.

Those against gun control argue that regulating firearms infringes on an individual's "right to bear arms", while proponents for such a measure say putting "common sense gun laws" in place would save lives and in no way threaten the sanctity of the amendment.