Each day in the national headlines it seems there is always some battle over the Constitutional Rights of America. Recently, the battle over the 2nd Amendment has dominated the country’s attention in the wake of the Sandy Hook school murders.
In the face of such a tragedy, it is easy to find a quick fix. In the case of Sandy Hook the response by Connecticut lawmakers and many other states has been to pass laws banning certain types of rifles and the size of magazines for those rifles that are already owned. The laws bring comfort to the families who are touched by gun violence; they bring hope that someday America will be free from murders and shootings.
Friends and neighbors debate the merit of such laws. Proponents say the laws will keep people like Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza from walking into a school and killing 26 people. Opponents say the laws only take away the freedoms of law abiding citizens; after all, criminals aren’t known for following the laws in the first place.
So is America becoming safer or are Americans losing their rights?