Guns

From Newsweek this week:

“There is no constitutional right to ignorance.

 And there is no right to be stupid about guns.”

The United States does not have a surgeon general in place (even with the Ebola thing going on), because the Republicans have blocked the president’s nomination because he has made a statement mildly critical about guns.

Ted Cruz has called him an anti-gun activist- where he has made his name as a crusader against Second Amendment rights (even though the 2nd amendment does NOT give anyone the right to bear arms!!!). As the article points out- Ted Cruz is a liar!!. Dr Vivek Murthy did not make his name as an anti-gun activist. Instead, he tweated out a post that guns presented a health care issue!!!!

Pick up the paper any day in Chicago, and see how guns present a health care issue. Any moron can see this. People being shot, hospitalized or killed regularly. Mothers losing their kids. Families losing their brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. How can anyone not say that guns are a health care issue!!!

The article goes on to say that Rick Scott, the Governor of Florida,  signed a bill into law that prevents doctors from asking their patients about guns in their homes. YIKES!! Wonder how much money the NRA has given him? Shouldn’t a doctor know if there is a firearm in a house with small children? Maybe the parents can be given lessons on how to keep their kids away from the weapons!! Shouldn’t the doctor of a mentally ill or suicidal patient, or someone with rage problems, be able to know if they have access to a gun around their house. Doctors should not have the power to confiscate a gun, but should be able to consult with a patient about life –threatening risks. They consult with patients all the time about dangers of drinking, sex,  and other dangerous issues. Why not guns? Because of the Second Ammendment.

“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.”

The Supreme Court has now definitively held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that weapon for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Moreover, this right applies not just to the federal government, but to states and municipalities as well.

The Court reasoned that this right is fundamental to the nation’s scheme of ordered liberty, given that self-defense was a basic right recognized by many legal systems from ancient times to the present, and Heller held that individual self-defense was “the central component” of the Second Amendment right. Moreover, a survey of the contemporaneous history also demonstrated clearly that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Framers and ratifiers counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to the Nation’s system of ordered liberty.

Protecting your home does not mean walking around on the street with an unlicensed handgun and shooting rival gang members (many times missing their target and killing innocent children.

Please look at the interviews that I am doing (more to come soon) and try to think about what to say to these mothers about the rights of people to carry guns on the street!

http://natkin.net/films/gunviolenceproject/

 

 

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