To The Daily Sun,
Addressing America's gun violence problem is made harder by the many false claims by gun control advocates, many of whom know little about guns, gun laws, or gun usage. Their "common sense" laws would turn more innocent Americans into victims.
There are about 100 million American legal gun owners; it's a myth that these people, except in the rarest cases, decide one day to jeopardize their whole life's efforts by shooting someone. However, legal gun owners stop many thousand, estimated up to two million, crimes annually, usually without firing a shot.
Almost all gun murders are committed by adults and juveniles with criminal histories who can't legally get guns. If the real objective is to reduce gun violence, the focus must be on people with criminal histories.
It's nonsense that our Second Amendment gun rights have always been interpreted as a "collective right," i.e., within the context of a militia. Every settler moving West of the Appalachians, who wanted to eat or survive Indian, animal, or criminal attacks, had a gun or, if possible, guns for hunting and self-defense.
Several state gun law cases were adjudicated in the 19th Century. Bliss v. Commonwealth (1822, KY, apparently the first) and Nunn v. Georgia (1846), held that gun ownership was an individual right. Aymette v. State (TN, 1840) and State v. Buzzard (AK, 1842) approved gun ownership as a collective and an individual right. Not until 1905 did any Supreme Court (Kansas) claim, contrary to precedent, that the Second Amendment only grants a "collective right" in Kansas.
Thomas Jefferson stated, "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legalized version of the first."
Our Declaration of Independence states, "...it is the right of the people to alter or abolish..." oppressive and tyrannical governments. Our Founders worried that our government might become oppressive and tyrannical, requiring a subsequent revolution. The Second Amendment is intended to ensure that Americans can, if justified, exercise the right to throw off an oppressive and tyrannical government.
Another myth is that, at the time of the Constitution, Americans only owned muskets. Americans owned muskets, shotguns, rifles, cannons, armed ships, etc. American revolutionaries with rifles were BETTER armed than most British soldiers.
Not even the "common sense" gun law advocates can show any shooting that they would have prevented, but these laws would make more law abiding people defenseless in the face of recently increasing criminal and terrorist threats. Americans want gun violence reduced; this requires focusing on the type of people who commit almost all gun violence, criminals.
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