I Run Dick’s Sporting Goods. It’s Congress’s Turn to Do Something About Guns.
Author: Edward W. Stack
Throughout history, the United States has been a beacon of hope for the world – especially for people who appreciate and respect that we are a country founded on laws that have been enacted to guard our freedom and keep us safe.
As a gun owner, I support the Second Amendment and understand why, for many, the right to bear arms is as American as baseball and apple pie. But I also agree with what Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his majority opinion in 2008’s landmark Heller case: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.” It is “not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”
It is clear we have a problem with the gun laws in this country. They are not squarely focused on keeping all of us safe – especially our children.
There continue to be mass shootings – at our schools, churches and entertainment venues. Following each of these senseless, tragic events there’s a great deal of idle, fruitless talk in the halls of Congress, and then the conversation quickly comes to an end.
It’s our great hope and belief that this time will be different. It has to be different.