“How do you like your blue-eyed boy, Mr. Death ?”

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Since the latest Massacre of the Week was a bit worse than usual, maybe we could ask why all these guns are needed?

I have lived in some rough places – South Brooklyn, Beirut, Bilbao during the Basque terrorist era, and in East Cleveland. I have never owned a gun. I have traveled in Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Oakland, the South Side of Chicago, Glenville and East St. Louis. Never needed a gun. Never been attacked. When I lived in Japan, where no one owns a gun, even little girls walked home alone at night from juku schools. In Austria, where I lived in a rowdy section of Vienna in the 1990s, almost no one except farmers had guns, and those were rifles. It is quite liberating to walk around in Tokyo, Vienna, or Paris late a night and to know that you are safe.

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution says “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.” To the grammatically challenged, let me point out that the second and third clauses modify the first one. What the Constitution provides for is a militia, made up of citizens. Through the Civil War period, the citizens in the militia kept their guns at the Armory in each town. The Constitution does not provide for automatic weapons owned by citizens and kept at home.

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