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.
Second Amendment to the US Constitution
I realize that the US Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of the individual to own and possess guns. That’s the law. But consider the following bad things that have happened recently. They all have one thing in common – guns.
This past Saturday in Lowell, a platoon’s worth of firearms (i.e., 40 of them) were stolen from a self-constructed gun locker in the basement of a home in the midst of a residential neighborhood.
That same evening, two young men burst into a New Year’s Eve party on Grand Street in Lowell and opened fire with the rifles they were carrying, killing one and wounding seven. The primary shooter already had a gun possession charge pending against him.
In late December, a career criminal who had been paroled from a life sentence he received for shooting someone else, shot and killed a Woburn police officer. The shooter himself was killed by police during the shootout.
In Springfield this week, the manslaughter trial of the organizer of a 2008 gun show began. An 8 year old boy attending the show was allowed to fire an Uzi submachine gun on full automatic. Not strong enough to handle the gun’s recoil, the boy fatally shot himself in the head when he pulled the trigger and the gun pin-wheeled upward into his face.
Guns aren’t the sole cause of these tragedies, but they are a common thread that unites them.