Because English is my first language, I have to concede that the Second Amendment does indeed protect Americans' right to own guns, even though I often don't like the grisly fruit of that right.
But, y'know, just because something is constitutional doesn't mean that it is a good idea. Blacks being considered 3/5 of a person was once constitutional, too. So was a woman's ineligibility to vote.
I recognize fears of government tyranny, and the need many feel to be armed in order to protect their lives and families. Those aren't crazy ideas, and it doesn't advance the dialogue to paint them as such.
But I also recognize the heartbreak and waste caused by the far more common and far less noble uses of the very arms our constitution protects.
Take a deep breath, everyone. Maybe the best we can hope for is that, before everyone seizes on the latest mass shooting atrocity as an excuse to begin bleating the same arguments we always trot out on these occasions, is that we pause and admit this: it's complicated.
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