December 17, 2012
J. D. Heyes
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the spirit and intent of the Second Amendment – that individuals have a right to own firearms for self-defense inside and outside their own homes.
Despite the ruling, however, cities and states around the country still have rules and restrictions regarding gun ownership that the high court says are reasonable. Some of the most popular of those include limitations on where guns can be carried.
In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., several voices around the country – many familiar voices, at that – are once again calling for even stricter gun rules, if not outright bans on some weapons. It’s a familiar refrain in the wake such a tragedy, as if stricter gun control would have prevented them. But as usual such calls ignore reality: The shooter in Connecticut, as in previous mass murders involving firearms, simply ignore rules barring them from carrying a gun to the place where they did their killing.
Lanza broke several gun laws – and the killings still happened
In Connecticut, the killer – Adam Lanza, 20 – broke at several state laws in committing his heinous crime, though not all of them were gun-related.