Gun Control in the US

As is generally well-known, the concept of individual liberty is at the heart of the American democratic system and is enshrined not only in collective body-politic subsequent to the Revolution, but is also codified in the Constitution.

What is also generally well-known is that the US is in the midst of an ongoing gun-violence epidemic. In 2017, guns killed close to 40,000 people in the US – the highest figure in 50 years. How is it that such dreadful figures are allowed to occur?

The Second Amendment of the Constitution reads:

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

While the interpretation of those 27 words have been open to seeming perennial debate ever since being penned in 1791, what is not up for debate is the consistently high number of gun related deaths every year in the US.

What many in the ranks of the GOP and the NRA fail to recognize is that the Second Amendment was penned at a time when the smell of gun-powder from the Revolutionary War was still fresh in the nostrils. The specter of the return of the Redcoats was then still very real, as was evident just a few years later in the War of 1812 – 1814.

However, that was then. This is now. While there are some c