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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:44 PM

Message to gun owners about your right to bear arms. [View all]

We are all familiar with the language of the Second Amendment.

Amendment II

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.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/second_amendment

Less familiar is the language of another amendment.

Amendment XIV
Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv

No state shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv

Your right to own a gun must be balanced against the right of private citizens including kindergarten children to their lives, their liberty and equal protection of the laws.

If a law protecting your right to own guns violates the right of others to shop or attend school peacefully without the fear of being shot, what do you think will happen to your right to own guns?

The public will end it or sharply curtail it. That is what.

Public opinion on gun rights is reaching a tipping point.

This has happened before with other issues.

The Constitution as originally ratified implicitly recognized a right to own slaves and determined how the lives of slaves should be valued compared to the lives of free men. Eventually, public opinion reached a tipping point. Slavery was abolished.

The Constitution as originally ratified did not grant women the right to vote. Public opinion on the issue reached a tipping point. Women were granted the right to vote. Some would argue even today that letting women vote was a bad idea.

The Supreme Court ruled that African-Americans could be relegated to separate-but-equal status. That was overturned.

Our Constitution is a living document. It can be amended. It can be reinterpreted.

If you value your right to own guns, you must accommodate not just your conduct (there were surely at least a few kind slaveowners) but those of other gun owners to the right of the general population, all of us, to life, and to be safe in our lives.

The onus, the burden of protecting the right to life and equal protection of those of us who do not want to own guns is on you, like it or not.

Because as sure as slavery is no longer legal, as sure as women have the right to vote, the right to "bear arms" will be ended if these horrifying incidents continue.

Any ideas from gun owners as to how to end this wanton killing?

And more guns is going to bring us to the tipping point all the faster.

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