Alert: “Two million American kids live in homes where guns aren’t stored safely. Every 34 hours, one of them is involved in an unintentional shooting.”

Research has debunked the central thesis of the gun rights movement which was written in a book by Fox News columnist John Lott Jr. According to a Stanford Law School study, statistics show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws. Ten years after the adoption of right to carry laws, “violent crime’s 13-15 percent higher than it would have been without the RTC laws.” For 23 of the 31 states adopting the laws, the increase in violent crime was large, for example, in Pennsylvania up by more than 24% in 10 years, and up by nearly 17% in Texas. Lott’s estimates in the nineties, also didn’t factor in the levels of police and imprisonment in each state, which the new study found grew significantly after the passage of RTC laws.

Regardless of the spin you hear from the NRA, Democrats aren’t trying to ban the second amendment! However, the majority of Americans do want mandatory stricter gun security laws, background checks on all gun sales, and a ban on future sales to the public of military style weapons.

Furthermore, The Second Amendment is not an unlimited right to own guns! In the June 26, 2008 District of Columbia et al. v. Heller US Supreme Court majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia, LLB, wrote, “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited… nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. “On June 9, 2016 the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-4 that “the right of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment.”

Ron Hurst,

Nacogdoches

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