Republicans deserve blame for the gun tsunami


Henry Farkas’ letter blaming Republicans for the gun problem is correct, though I could add three more reasons (“Fighting Crime Needs Fewer Guns, Not More Mentions,” April 4). First, the United States Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008 was wrong because she ignored the Militia Clause. In 1783, the United States had no standing army, so citizens had to be proficient in the use of firearms in case they were called out for national defense. This is obviously no longer the case.

Second, no less a conservative than the late Antonin Scalia said in Heller that “like most rights, the right guaranteed by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. [It is] not the right to possess and carry any weapon whatsoever, in any manner and for any purpose. Republicans have always ignored this and opposed all gun safety measures, no matter how slight.

Finally, Republican support for gun ownership in virtually all cases has resulted in a proliferation of guns, many of which inevitably fall into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. For example, in Tennessee, the unlimited possession of firearms and people who carry them around in their cars has led to large numbers of guns being stolen and used for nefarious purposes.

The flood of guns on the market and falling into the hands of miscreants should be put on the shoulders of Republicans who support the right of every American to own one, no matter what their need.

—Alan L. Katz, Owings Mills

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