Guns and The 2nd Amendment
Commentary by Scott Harn, ICMJ Publisher and Editor
Following the tragic deaths of twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, some -- including the current administration and many legislators -- have called for greater restrictions on guns.
When you place additional restrictions on the rights of law-abiding citizens, those who chose to ignore laws in the past will not suddenly choose to follow those laws.
Owning a firearm is a choice, and there are differing views on whether a person should own a firearm to protect his or her family. However, the right to own a firearm is not a choice; it's a right established by the 2nd Amendment.
Now I'm going to share something personal. Unbeknownst to most of our readers, I have some experience with firearms from my previous career. Prior to purchasing the
Mining Journal some fourteen years ago, I was a law enforcement officer. I worked for two different agencies as a patrol officer, training officer, property crimes detective, juvenile crimes detective, and as an undercover narcotics detective over a span of thirteen years. I experienced first-hand what happens when a criminal uses a firearm, and the tragedies that can occur when a person chooses not to protect his or family with a firearm.
My experiences helped shape my opinion, and in my opinion is this: law-abiding citizens
must retain the right to bear arms to protect themselves and any government effort to restrict this right must be thwarted.
Yes, I believe criminals, children and mentally ill citizens should not have the same right.
Our Founding Fathers had the foresight to establish our right to bear arms following attempts by those in power to disarm the citizens at large. The right to bear arms is not only necessary to protect our homes and families, but to keep those in power in check.
We can all agree that what happened at Sandy Hook was a tragedy, but to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is to invite additional tragedies in the future.