Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sensible Regulations

At the last presidential debate, Hillary Clinton insisted that she understands and respects the tradition of gun ownership that goes back to the founding fathers.

However, she also believe that there must be reasonable regulation, because her support of the second amendment doesn't mean that those, who threaten to kill you, or members of your family should have guns.

Hillary pointed out 33,000 people die every year from guns.  She is in favor of comprehensive background checks, and closing the online, and gun show loopholes.  She believes that sensible reforms like those would make a difference, and not conflict with the second amendment.  

The debate moderator Chris Wallace asked: “Secretary Clinton, you said last year, and let me quote: ‘The Supreme Court is wrong on the second amendment.’  And now, in fact, in the 2008 Heller case the court ruled that there is a constitutional right to bear arms, but a right that is reasonably limited.  Those were the words of the judge Antonin Scalia, who wrote the decision.  What's wrong with that?”

Clinton explained: “I disagreed with the way the court applied the second amendment in that case.  Because what the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns.  And so they wanted people with guns to safely store them.  And the court did not accept that reasonable regulation but they’ve accepted many others.  So I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the second amendment.”

Ever year dozens of toddlers injure themselves, or kill people with guns, because not everyone with loaded guns in their homes takes appropriate precautions.  Hillary believe in the right to bear arms, which shouldn’t conflict with sensible regulations.  She wants people to come together, and agree to a solution that save some of the 33,000 lives that we lose every year.


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