Letter: Take a step back
The Second Amendment to the Constitution, the right to bear arms, is not under attack in the aftermath of the violence in Newtown, Conn. What is at issue is reinstating a new and improved national ban on semi-automatic assault rifles and “high capacity magazines or feeding devices” with the capacity to shoot dozens of rounds in a few minutes.
The damage inflicted today by drive-by shooters in inner cities is a replay of the era of Al Capone in terms of bloody mayhem. And many of the innocents taken in Newtown, Conn., died with their bodies riddled by the onslaught. This is horror. The Preamble to the Constitution lists Domestic Tranquility as one of its fundamental purposes and guiding principles. That’s one of the basic reasons the Union was formed — not to turn guns on one another based on paranoid delusions. Granted, any weapons ban will not solve all problems. But it will be a first step in backing away from the precipice of violence that is eroding the lives and well-being of Americans.