Stop blaming and pass sensible gun laws

Some leaders try to blame the mass gun shooting on things like video games. Yet, when we compare ourselves with Japanese and South Korean young people who love video games as much as America’s youth, we see these kinds of attacks rarely happen in those countries.

Other leaders blame secularism. Northern Europe is perhaps the most secular region on Earth, yet they rarely suffer such horrors. Are Americans really more prone to serious mental disorders than other people? No, but one big difference exists. Young Americans, usually white males, have the firepower available to express deadly rage.

Some government leaders try to mislead citizens to believe that the Second Amendment (the right to own guns) is an absolute right for gun owners in America. This claim among gun rights advocates implies that the Second Amendment establishes not just a right to own guns, but a right that the government cannot legally limit. This is not true for gun-rights or any other right.

The Supreme Court has said repeatedly that no right under the Constitution is absolute. Whenever the government has very strong reasons to restrict a right, it can do so.

Take the First Amendment right to free speech, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.”

Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes noted the First Amendment does not protect your right to shout “fire!” in a crowded theater that is not on fire.

We have to pass sensible gun laws to protect the lives of our citizens.

God wants us to be pro-life. Our national leaders must pass pro-life gun laws to stop the slaughter of the innocent.

 

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Father Wilmer Todd is author and lives in Bourg. Until his retirement, he lived in Thibodaux.

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