The Second Amendment shouldn't get in the way of common sense
Jan 11, 2013 | 2:15 PM
It is time to move beyond the archaic interpretation of the Second Amendment offered by the gun lobby ("What will get the NRA's attention?" Jan. 7).
We do not believe in the legality of independent militias today, nor do we subscribe to the overthrow of the government by militias.
To require a license and background check before someone can purchase a gun may be interpreted by some as an infringement of individual rights, but such laws are in place across the country.
Enforcement of gun laws is costly, as is the cost of gun violence, and I believe it is absolutely necessary that gun owners bear the brunt of those costs.
It is time to consider a substantial increase in the cost of the license fee for gun ownership, as well an increase in taxes on the purchase of guns and bullets and additional restrictions on the transfer of firearms across state lines.