April 24, 2018 In My View

Responsible Gun Ownership

Bernard Cookson

In reaction to more horrific acts committed, the news has again called attention to the subject of gun control in the USA.

Existing gun control legislation varies greatly across the fifty states, including within legislative districts of the individual states. This disparity is acceptable based upon the states’ rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.

It is a losing battle trying to reach a concurrence from the opposing sides of the issue concerning universal restriction of firearms throughout the USA. There are arguments for and against a variety of proposals regarding gun control.

Recently the House of Representatives passed a legislative proposal that would allow individuals with concealed carry permits from any state to be able to carry those firearms in all fifty states. The Stoneman Douglas High School shooting may have put a halt to full passage of that proposal for the time being.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution makes the matter of effective gun control legislation impossible to pass nationwide. An excerpt from the Second Amendment illustrates this: "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."

Let us look at that passage a little closer. James Madison was the champion of the Bill of Rights, which included the Second Amendment. This was composed at a time when we had state militias that were formed to free us from the oppression of a distant government. These state militias required training, and many militia members were called upon for assistance during the revolutionary war. Since then, those state militias have become the National Guard callable by their state governors and the President of the United States. Now, the citizen members of the National Guard have a ten-week boot camp training regimen to complete.

The well-regulated militia portion of the Second Amendment requires training in order to own a gun. We need national legislation passed requiring specialized training for firearm ownership. A requirement for specialized training would clearly fit within the specifications of the Second Amendment. A well-thought-out training requirement should satisfy both opposing political viewpoints across the population of the USA.

It really is difficult to argue against a training requirement for gun ownership.

Bernard Cookson

Bernard Cookson is a licensed CPA in Virginia, a licensed attorney in Massachusetts, and a licensed driver in California. He has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of subjects, including accounting, auditing, government contract law, international law, business law, and more.