The editorial on July 11 concludes that “No gun control law will stop all shootings everywhere. But a deeper, more informed, more targeted conversation might at least give us an opening to try.” I concur that more information is better.
However, giving the University of California at Davis $5 million, or any amount of money, to sponsor research on whether gun-control legislation promotes public safety is not the pursuit of information that can enable any conversation more “targeted” than the ones the politicians are having.
The Legislature has more than enough information. Any laws the governor enacts, particularly laws that effectively ban the sale, or tax and/or register certain kinds of firearms, will either pass or fail the test of various court challenges based on the Second Amendment. Rights do not go out of style.
It is frivolous to say that only the firearms that were known in the18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. The First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, and the Second Amendment extends (until proved otherwise) to all small arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding. This conversation is now fully informed.
Eric H. Schweitzer, Clovis