Gun lovers who believe the Second Amendment has magical powers to allow almost any adult to carry a loaded weapon in America should be ashamed at what’s gone on lately.
The amendment has been used by pro-gun groups for decades to claim they have the right to tote weapons around cities, into public buildings and pretty much anywhere they want.
The amendment reads: “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.”
Yet those long-sought rights are being abused by wackos with guns who are killing innocent victims and then killing themselves.
So much for being armed to protect “the security of a free state.”
On Sunday, a man and woman with guns killed two police officers, another person in a store, and then died in a reported murder-suicide.
Last week, a man killed one student at Seattle Pacific University and — before he could kill more and then commit suicide — another student stopped the assault by pepper-spraying the suspect.
And late last month, in a scene of mass carnage in California, a young man killed six people and then killed himself.
In these cases, as in so many more sad ones across the United States, the people who gained rights to carry guns didn’t use them as the Second Amendment supposedly alleges they should be used — to protect the freedoms of the United States.
Instead, the guns were used by cowards who wanted to kill as many people as possible, then not face the legal consequences for their actions.
America’s gun lovers have made these kinds of attacks so easy and so possible. What a sad time this nation is going through now with its obsessive love for guns.
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