Amanda Wilcox: Gun violence can be reduced
George Boardman was spot-on with his proposals for curbing gun violence in America. Expanded background checks, gun training, secure storage, and the reporting of stolen firearms are strategies that would reduce firearm deaths. Moreover, these policies enjoy strong public support.
Boardman misses the mark, however, regarding the Second Amendment and his belief that little can be done to reduce gun violence. Although in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a handgun in the home for self-defense, the court stressed that the right is limited and does not protect a “right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” All nine Justices agreed that a wide variety of gun laws are presumptively lawful and, in fact, almost all constitutional challenges since 2008 have been rejected by the courts.
California is showing how strong gun laws can reduce the number of gun deaths. Over the last two decades, California’s firearm mortality rate declined by 56.6 percent — 29.9 percentage points more than the decline in the rest of the nation. Our state is doing a better job of keeping firearms out of the wrong hands.
Amanda Wilcox, president,
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
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