After another horrific mass shooting incident, I don’t know what the answer is to prevent (or at least attempt to minimize) these ... things murders attacks — I don’t even know how to begin to describe what happened. Reports obviously still are coming out, but it certainly sounded like the shooter was using one or more full auto weapons, which already are illegal.
The Second Amendment says: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Obviously, the words are not taken literally — as noted above, full auto weapons already are outlawed, with some exceptions. Similarly, the federal, state, and local governments also have made unlawful things like concealed carry illegal absent a permit and felon possession of a firearm while imposing other restrictions such as dealer licensing requirements and prohibiting possession in most government buildings.
So what do we do? Shrug our shoulders and say the gun this guy used already has been outlawed so we don’t need to do anything? Shrug our shoulders and say “Second Amendment”? Amend the Constitution? Politicize this and similar incidents to try to outlaw guns that weren’t even used? In Dallas last year, someone shot and killed multiple police officers using a semi-auto rifle, which is a weapon that is perfectly legal to own.
I don’t know what the answer is, but I am struggling with this horror. Sorry for rambling.