The future of guns


December 23, 2020

A number of letters to the editor concerning guns have been published recently. I thought I would add my view. There are currently about 400 million guns in private hands in the United States. Increasingly these are semi-automatic versions of military weapons. These guns are designed specifically to kill people and they are terrifyingly effective.

The second amendment is not absolute. Few of our constitutional rights are. The Constitution is not a suicide pact. The U.S. government has limited the type of firearms citizens can own several times, starting in the 1930s with the ban on fully-au...

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