On February 19, the Los Angeles Times reacted to the growing momentum for Campus Carry legislation across the country by referring to the NRA as “crackpots” and reminding the organization that it is the government’s “responsibility to protect the public through reasonable gun control laws.”
In other words, “shall not be infringed” does not mean shall not be regulated and/or controlled.
According to the Times, the NRA has hit a new low by promoting the idea that an expansion of Campus Carry means “gun-toting women would be armed to defend themselves in the event of sexual assaults.”
The Times claims no one should be surprised by the NRA’s position–after all, “these are the same crackpots who argued” that students should be allowed to carry guns for self-defense following the 2007 attack on Virginia Tech.
They are also the “same crackpots” who argued that armed teachers could have prevented Adam Lanza from walking through a gun free zone shooting victims at will, with no concern over retaliation from unarmed people.
Yes, by supporting the expansion of Campus Carry “the gun lobby is showing yet again that it doesn’t belong in a serious conversation about ending the scourge of gun violence.”
And just to drive the point home, the Times reminds us all that “Americans have a 2nd Amendment right to own guns, but it’s not an absolute right.”
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