The two parts of the statement are inseparably coupled; one cannot exist without the other. Therefore, one has the right to keep and bear a firearm if and only if one is a member of a well-regulated militia.
Gun ownership in America has become a political identity, and the NRA has emerged as a part of the Republican Party coalition. This political identity is intertwined with race and the criminalization of Black people, creating a disaster for the African-American community.
W.D. Ehrhart: The day after the Florida bill was signed, I woke up to discover that the National Rifle Association has filed a federal lawsuit blocking this new law because, says the NRA, it violates the 2nd Amendment by punishing law-abiding citizens for the actions of a few deranged whackos.
WJ Astore: President Trump has argued that select teachers be armed – following the NRA’s theory that a good man with a gun is the best insurance against a bad man with a gun. It’s a crazy idea, but we live in a crazy country.
Anna Bernoulli: It is so easy to feel like we’re just beating our heads against a wall trying to talk empathy and common sense into people who are set against understanding things like that.
Mark Naison: Almost immediately, students at the school responded to the catastrophe that befell them by organizing protests against the proliferation of assault weapons, demanding that policy makers do something to protect them.
Dick Price: Police surveillance—collecting and monitoring information about individuals by the government—has been with us a long time. Who can forget Cointelpro?” But today’s technology makes surveillance orders of magnitude more invasive, catching up many more people.
RJ Eskow: Marco Rubio is living proof of Upton Sinclair’s observation that “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
Broward County Shooting — Mark Naison: There are tens of thousands of Nikolaus Cruz’s all over this country. Given easy access to automatic weapons, they are a massacre waiting to happen.
David Love: While the FBI has designated Black Identity Extremists as a terror threat, it has not similarly identified white extremist groups who are killing the vast majority of police, suggesting politics rather than data are at play.
Lisa James: Thousands of people who haven’t been convicted of a crime are kept in jail. The courts have the power to stop this criminal attack against poor people today, and it wouldn’t cost them a dime to do it.
Ted Vaill: When his sources of capital dried up after his fourth bankruptcy, and the looting of the Russian treasury and government assets by Putin and his thugs was well under way, Trumputin resorted to funding his real estate ventures with dirty Russian money, as did his son-in-law Jared Kushner, separately.
As they did last time, voters will have access to a simple A+ to F grading system. But they’ll also be able to dig deeper to see which bills were deemed crucial for grading their state senator’s or assemblymember’s performance.