A Reminder about Constitutional Rights
As I read various comments and commentary about the the Second Amendment, I would simply remind everyone that constitutional rights can be regulated. To listen to some people, it would seem that there is something so sacrosanct about constitutional rights that we can’t make any rules about them. This is simply not not true.
None of the constitutional rights are so pure that they are absolute and unregulated. There are regulations of speech, of the press, of religion. And, of course, of guns.
You cannot buy a fully automatic weapon. This is a line we have already drawn, and underscores that lines can be drawn. As such, further discussion of line-drawing is not some ridiculous assault on the Second Amendment, whether we are talking about bump stocks or regulation of semi-automatic rifles.
But, another reminder: the ability to regulate requires political will and the ability to change laws and have the courts accept those laws if challenged in court. As such, I am no Pollyanna in terms of the politics–these kinds of regulations are hard, especially in a polarized environment on an issue many consider part of their identity.