On January 28th, a hearing was held at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut to discuss gun laws in the wake of the horrifying tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The New York Times quoted a gentleman named David Gentry, who attended that meeting, as follows:
David Gentry, a personal trainer from Stamford, wore a holster on his waist with a copy of the Constitution tucked in it. “I just feel that’s where the conversation should start,” he said.
He is wrong. The conversation must start with the victims of gun violence and the family members and friends who are left behind to mourn them. In light of the terrible tragedies taking place all across the nation, this is a far more compassionate and humane response. The Second Amendment is ambiguously worded and open to interpretation. It does not contain an unlimited right to any kind of weaponry a citizen may wish to carry.
My full response to Mr. Gentry can be found here. My thanks to the photo editors at Minnesota Public Radio, who put together a touching and tasteful photo essay to accompany it.