In these Unites States of America, we have the right to free speech, but we can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater when there is no fire. Why? Because doing so would incite a panic that would likely get people hurt. That is a reasonable restriction of our freedom.
We have the right to drive a car, but before you’re given a license, you have to be a certain age. And pass a test to prove you know how to operate a car. If you want to buy a car, you have to register it. And insure it. And once you’re driving, you have to obey traffic laws. All of these are reasonable restrictions that no one objects to.
We have the right to religious freedom, but if your religion encourages you to make human sacrifices, guess what? Not allowed. (Sorry, Satanists!)
Companies have the right to make whatever products they want, but they are subject to restrictions to make sure they are safe for consumers. When drop-side cribs were deemed dangerous, they were banned. It made sense, there was no outcry, and presumably many babies’ lives were saved.
But despite the countless mass shootings in this country, there have been no changes in making guns harder to get. Particularly military-style assault weapons, which have no need to ever be sold to civilians. I don’t understand why anyone would ever want to own a gun at all, but if you hunt or truly feel like a deadly weapon is necessary to keep your family safe, why would you need to be able to fire dozens of rounds in a matter of seconds? Are you legitimately afraid of a zombie attack?
These weapons have nothing to do with protection. Seat belts, condoms and bullet-proof vests offer protection. Assault rifles are dangerous weapons that can—and frequently are—used to mow down innocent people, whether in a nightclub, a movie theater or an elementary school.
These weapons should be banned.
This is a perfectly reasonable restriction on the freedoms afforded by the Second Amendment.
It wouldn’t be the only thing we should do to make our citizens safe, but it’d be one hell of a good start.