Saturday, February 9, 2013

Column Challenges Rokita on Gun Control

A guest column in the J&C challenges Rep. Todd Rokita's logic on gun control measures. Steve Eddy argues that rather than exercising "thoughtful deliberation," Rokita relies on "rigid ideology that seems to blind him to the needs of the people of the 4th District, as well as of the nation." Noting the Rokita argues that gun control would impinge on Second Amendment rights, Eddy notes that the Supreme Court, the ultimate adjudicator of constitutionality, has said (in an opinion by conservative justice Antonin Scalia), “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose ...” Scalia continues, “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”

In response to Rokita's statement that "more gun control will not stop evil," Eddy observes that "well-enforced gun control laws might prevent evil people from accessing weapons that allow them to kill 26 people in a matter of minutes at Sandy Hook, or killing or wounding dozens in Aurora."

You can read the rest of the op-ed here.