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Objections to reasonable restrictions don’t hold up

By Amy Wallace

I have heard every argument in the gun control debate from gun rights activists, including the argument that criminals won’t follow new gun laws anyway, so why have them.

If that is truly the case, then why have any laws at all? The very nature of the word criminal is someone who breaks the law. So should we just abolish the laws against murder, rape and theft, too, if the criminals are just going to do what they want to anyway?

Our judicial system is there to work as a deterrent to future crimes. The system has its flaws, of course, but it is the reason we live in a civilized society and not chaos.

The next argument about taking away your Second Amendment rights is also unfounded.

The full text of the Second 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.”

Why do so many leave out that first part of the sentence? Is it because they are not a well-regulated militia and they are not necessary in securing a free state?

Also, the argument that the rights in the amendment cannot ever be touched because it is in our Constitution is unfounded. There are limitations to many amendments in the Constitution.

In the First Amendment, free speech is subject to limitations for obscenity and speech that would incite violence. The Second Amendment already has limits as to bans on fully automatic weapons. Background checks are already in place in some form.

I am with the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group formed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy and is made up of mothers from across the country who have said enough to the gun violence epidemic in our country.

We need to come together to find solutions to this increasing plague of gun violence. I know that any reasonable, responsible person (gun owner or not) was horrified by the sight of 20 first-graders viciously murdered while they sat in their classrooms.

We want to make it harder for dangerous, unstable people to turn safe places like a movie theater or a school into a bloodbath because they had easy access to weapons that do the most damage possible in the least amount of time.

Do you really need magazines with 30 rounds or more? Is that really necessary to be a gun owner? Smaller capacity magazines mean time is taken to change the clip more often. That is a matter of seconds that could provide the opportunity for someone to tackle the gunman or to escape. That few seconds could be lives saved. Any life saved is worth it to me.

Amy Wallace is the Buffalo and Western New York chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.