I’ve got a few thoughts on Thursday’s SCOTUS 2nd amendment ruling. But first some background on my relationship with guns. I grew up in Colorado, and for many of us it was a right of passage to get a BB gun, and later a .22. If we were interested in hunting we might get a 30-06 or a shotgun. Pistols were primarily used for target practice. Gun safety was always, always, the most important lesson. So the issue of handguns in the commission of crimes was always repulsive. Sure handguns were part of the west’s history, and handguns are the weapon of choice in crimes, but those of us here who collect guns, use them for target shooting or hunting have a different mindset. Let’s just say that we really despise those who commit crimes with guns and ruin it for the law abiding crowd.
The whole argument about banning guns is a red herring. It ain’t gonna happen. And the issue of having a pistol to protect oneself is likewise. Most who own pistols for protection don’t know how to use them, and choke if they have to. They wind up getting shot by their own gun. Or shoot someone else by accident. Or shoot a spouse in a domestic dispute.
So what’s the answer? I don’t know. Certainly state’s rights seem reasonable, as the view of gun ownership is different in Wyoming than it is in DC. All this leads me to believe that the only possible answer to gun violence is cultural, not legal.