DRAWING A CLEAR LINE
Can gun control prevent terrorism? Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson believes it can, recently advising CBS News, “We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security.” Not so, says the Second Amendment Foundation. “The threat we face today from terrorism is exactly why the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment. Every American has the right to self-defense, and for Jeh Johnson to contend that infringing on that right is the way to keep the country safe is simply preposterous,” counters Alan M. Gottlieb, founder of the gun rights organization.
“We need to maximize the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to bear arms. Nothing deters terrorists as well as good people fighting back,” Mr. Gottlieb continues. “Nobody wants terrorists or even common street criminals to have guns. But laws that penalize honest Americans, and that ban certain types of firearms, will not prevent bad people from committing mayhem. The conversation should not be about firearms, but fanatics.”