Mericle: What will future historians think of us? – Valley Breeze

4/7/2021

I read with deep dismay of the Lincoln Town Council’s resolution to oppose the state’s proposed gun control legislation.

As a professional historian, I often wonder what future historians will think of the people in our time.

One question they will undoubtedly ponder is why it took us so long to solve our gun problem.

Guns take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year, and yet no action is taken. How can this be so?

Perhaps the most telling comment was from councilman Ken Pichette, who complained of people “legislating from the heart and not the brain.”

Leaving aside for a moment the gross inadequacies of the “brain” side of the NRA faction’s argument, I want to ask why anyone would think it’s OK to legislate without the heart? What kind of people do that? Is it really so difficult to legislate from both the brain and the heart?

Even if the Second Amendment stated categorically that “Americans should have the right to bear any and all weapons that exist now and forevermore” (notice how different that is from the actual language of the Second Amendment) it would still be wrong.

Yes, the Constitution, like any document, can be wrong. That is why amendments exist in the first place. That the Second Amendment says no such thing only adds insult to endless, tragic injury.

I know there is no persuading the “brains” of certain people, among them those who choose NRA platitudes over
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