It’s recognized that the First Amendment right of free speech does not protect the right to falsely yell fire in a crowded theater, and similarly, the four federal appellate courts that have considered the question have all agreed that banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines passes muster under the Second Amendment, and the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overrule those cases. In sum, reliable information from the fields of science and law would enhance a rational conversation about gun regulation.
John, San Francisco:
I think what’s missing is a focus on the root cause of the violence versus some fixation on a specific weapon, which only really accounts for a tiny fraction of the deaths. It really seems to me [that] politicians use this topic for fuel for their political gain, and the media to keep folks watching so they can sell advertising. I really would like to see more of an honest debate and actual work being done to get to the root cause of the majority of the deaths caused by firearms in this country.
What’s missing from the debate is actually reading the Second Amendment. We have a right to bear arms only in so far as that is part of a well regulated militia. I don’t think that anybody has actually gone back to the text and had the difficult conversation about what regulating access to weapons actually needs to look like in this country.
I think what’s missing from the conversation about gun violence is support for disenfranchised youths. I’d like to see more after school programs, more arts programs, more opportunities for lonely, disenfranchised youths to become connected to the community, more supported, more seen by people who care. That’s what I think is missing. Thank you.
Phil, San Francisco:
I think what’s missing is assessment of ignorance and lack of education, which could remedy prejudice and bias, and help repair the tear in the fabric of our society. It’s too easy to hate, too easy to have ideas of violence and thusly, we’re having predicaments that are only a trickle down after a very violent century of the 20th. Okay.