As an opening salvo, let me make clear that I am not writing to change anyone’s mind about guns or gun ownership. I support the Second Amendment. I believe the right to keep and bear firearms is an individual right, as the Supreme Court affirmed in the landmark cases District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010).
You may, or may not, agree. Thanks to the Second Amendment, we Americans are free to hold and express the opinions enumerated in the First Amendment.
But no one is free to violate the Constitution, due process and the rights of their fellow citizens. Yet that is exactly what Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey did on July 20, when she issued an interpretation of the state’s 1998 “assault weapons” ban.
I add the quotes because, while any weapon in the wrong hands can be deadly, there is no such thing as an assault weapon per se. Rather, there are politicians who seek to restrict weapons which they find distasteful or believe to be particularly dangerous. By creating labels and definitions, they are able to enact restrictions without violating the Second Amendment.
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