A white Anglo Texan appears to have traveled hundreds of miles to a border city where he murdered American citizens of Mexican ancestry as well as Mexicans, all of whom were shopping at Wal-Mart.
The first question is, “Why did he travel so far, when there are border cities much closer?” Perhaps he heard the president at a recent rally in Florida, where President Trump asked the audience what should be done with Central American invaders? A member of the crowd yelled that we should shoot them, which caused the president to chuckle and say that that only might be okay in the Panhandle.
Now, it is possible that the shooter assumed that he was talking about the Texas Panhandle when it was the Florida Panhandle being referenced. Furthermore, our domestic terrorist might not have been paying attention in geography class and thought the Panhandle was in southwest Texas, when it actually is in Northwest Texas.
Another lesson is the answer to the question of why guns cannot be registered while cars are registered. The answer was supplied quickly – there is no Constitutional guarantee of the right to drive, which is definitely correct. Yet, this leads to some analysis about the Second Amendment.
Since cars did not exist in 1789, there is no mention of driving in the Constitution. Why not consider that the framers were dealing with firearms which existed at the time, such as muzzle-loaded muskets and flintlock pistols? Weapons invented since 1789 were not considered in the Second Amendment, and just as governments can limit driving and automobile ownership, they can limit revolvers, semi-automatic weapons, etc.
While considering the Bill of Rights, look at the First Amendment. I cannot use this column to claim that some prominent person is a child molester, or a terrorist, or a larcenist, since my First Amendment rights are limited if I use my writing to falsely accuse or to injure another. If this is true, why can’t my Second Amendment rights be limited to prevent injury to another?
It seems the Bill of Rights is NOT absolute and the words of our leaders must be chosen wisely to prevent unintended injury to others. What do you think?