In China the assailant used a knife. In Connecticut an automatic pistols and an assault rifle was used.
It is true that guns don’t kill people; people kill people. But it is easier to kill more people with a gun than with a knife.
If ever there were two incidents at the same time that made this point, I am unaware of it.
So once again, there is a call for gun control in the US and again the gun lobby will point to the Constitution that appears to support the right to bear arms. Many think that the article doesn’t refer to individuals but to militias, that is, government-led militaries such as the National Guard.
The Supreme Court is inclined to accept the first interpretation, thereby making many gun control laws unconstitutional.
It is time to move beyond the constitutional debate by amending the constitution itself.
Altering the Fourth Amendment wouldn’t ban guns but allow cities and states to create their own laws regarding gun control. This would appeal to those conservatives who favor local control and separate them from those who believe that individuals have a right to do whatever they want, even when it is a danger to society.
The tragedy in Connecticut is heartbreaking. It is terrifying. It is tragic and it was avoidable. While a knife, made for cutting bread, can also kill, and assault weapon is designed for nothing but military-style killing.
Enough is enough.