I spent a few minutes the morning reading the first New York Times editorial on the front page in 95 years. It’s on guns. And it got me thinking yet again about the uniquely American battle over guns.
And it leaves me with a serious question. I’m in favor of the Second Amendment. Even if I don’t want a gun, friends hunt, target shoot, and want guns for self-defense. But let’s face it, if you feel you need the right without some special reason to own a military style weapon whose only purpose is killing a lot of people, in my mind, you are either a) doing or planning something illegal; b) paranoid that heavily armed thugs are going to attack or c) an exceptionally bad shot in which case you shouldn’t have an automatic weapon anyway. (Fact: Every shot you fire that misses your target could hit a loved one, an innocent bystander, a neighbor, a child.)
Is there really no reasonable restriction? What am I missing? Yes, weapons are out there. But does that mean we shouldn’t even try?