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Sandy Hook School Massacre: Enough is Enough

Sandy Hook School Massacre: Enough is Enough

Peretz Family Law & Mediation is dedicated to the advocacy and representation of children and families and to the advocacy of the best interests of children. It's time for a healthy debate on gun control.

National Rifle Association (NRA) executive Wayne LaPierre called on Congress to put armed police in schools. He stated that "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Mr. LaPierre also blamed the media, music, and Hollywood for the culture of violence. Wow. How about blaming the NRA itself and the conservatives who believe the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.

What about blaming the access to guns and the shameful ease with which we can purchase a gun - even a semi-automatic rifle - in the United States? Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, eBay and Cabela, Inc all sell guns and ammunition. Unfortunately, guns are good business. The NRA obvioulsy know this. Mr. LaPierre's statements are a shameful promotion of guns playing upon the the fear of citizens in an attempt to sell more weapons.

What about blaming the reality of an underfunded mental health system and the inability to identify and treat indiviuals?

Other conservatives have pondered if only the teachers could have guns in the schools they could have stopped the gunman in Newtown last Friday morning. Are you kidding? Do parents - conservatives and NRA hard liners alike - really want guns around our children at all? And in our schools?

Even the Second Amendment has been interpreted to allow restrictions on guns - concealed weapons, guns in schools, government buildings and in courts.

The 2008 US Supreme Court case The District of Columbia, et al v. Heller upheld an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to a militia. Unconditional bans on certain guns and bans on guns in homes are unconstitutional. Lest we forget, the Second Amendment dates to 1791 (right there with the Third Amendment - No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house ....") The context is the key - the framers were concerned with being attacked - by the British or by anyone opposed to their freedom. The framers were concerned with a military state.

Did the framers really envision the Newtown scenario? Could they have envisioned the weapons - the killing machines - we have today? No. Of course not. The framers were concerned with a government disarming people and enabling a politicized army. The framers were concerned with our freedoms.

Does the Second Amendment then provide for a right to keep and bear all arms?

Do we as parents, as citizens, really believe the originalist interpretation of the Second Amendment is more important than the safety and the lives of our children?

The Constitution can be amended. Context - we got rid of slavery - women can vote - we can vote when we turn eighteen. We can change things for the better.

Alan Dershowitz put it eloquently: "If you're an originalist, you should carry an originalist gun." OK, then you can have a musket. These 1791 guns, used by a skilled individual, could fire a bullet twice a minute. The gun used by the Sandy Hook gunman can fire three to five bullets per second.

It's time for some real gun control.

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