Illinois Governor JB Pritzker (D) and others responded to the massacre in Highland Park, Illinois by calling for more gun restrictions and bans. Pritzker repeated a questionable argument but also ignored that Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including an assault weapons ban and a red flag law. is the media reporting Aspiring rapper Robert “Bobby” Karimo III is a person “known to law enforcement.” His posts show very disturbing videos and strange images, including violent references.
Pritzker appeared after the Highland Park shooting to call for more restrictions and criticize the protections afforded to gun owners under the Second Amendment. Pritzker He repeated the common argument That
Our founding fathers carried rifles, not assault weapons, and I don’t think a single one of them said that you have a constitutional right to an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine, or that it’s more important than that right. People who participated in this parade today for life.”
President Biden has raised the same issue Manifestly false claim When the Second Amendment was passed, certain guns were prohibited from private ownership: “The Second Amendment is not absolute. When it was passed, you couldn’t have cannons, you couldn’t have certain types of weapons. “There have always been limitations.”
Once again, when the Second Amendment was passed, there was no federal law prohibiting ball possession. Gun laws remained local matters and I know of no bans on cannon or other types of weapons until much later in our history. Early local laws controlled concealed weapons, although concealed cannons were not part of the ordinance.
In fact, the Constitution itself protects private ball ownership by private individuals. Article 1, Section 8, Section 11 authorizes Congress to grant “letters of embargo and retaliation.” This allowed private parties to sail on the high seas with . . . Balls (recently Some members of Congress wanted to issue such letters from Marco again to recruit private individuals in the fight against Russia).
Pritzker’s argument is equally questionable. He would probably not accept the same narrow reading of other sections of the Constitution on individual rights. For example, he recognizes that privacy is protected even if it is not stated, and that our concept of privacy rights has broadened over time. The “living constitution” model allows for such a broad meaning.
Moreover, while the Framers used “letters” (and the Fourth Amendment refers to letters), few argue that the same protection applies to electronic letters in the form of e-mails or digital files accompanying communications. can’t
In the end, the musket argument is often a fallback position for those who previously opposed interpreting the Second Amendment as an individual right. However, some also advanced this line of reasoning. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney suggested that only the police should have any type of gun.
Interestingly, this state has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. It includes a red flag law, a waiting period for gun purchases, background checks, gun owner licensing, domestic violence gun laws, and “open carry regulations.” This country and other counties have banned “assault weapons.”
According to the mayorthe weapon was “lawfully obtained.”
As with past calls after such tragedies, the question is what else does Pritzker stand for? That would have stopped the killing. Banning high-capacity magazines will not stop such shootings. Anyone with a little experience with firearms can change magazines in seconds.
What may have prevented the massacre is the enforcement of red flag rules regarding this person’s dark and disturbing posts. However, such laws depend on people reporting such warning signs and the police enforcing the laws. The reality is that many shooters are not known to the police or experience a sudden, fatal turn where such laws are largely ineffective.
As a native Chicagoan, I am very familiar with the area and have spent a lot of time in Highland Park and nearby towns. This is a very prosperous area with a relatively small population. However, even in this small community with significant assets for mental health and law enforcement intervention, red flags and other laws did not prevent shootings.
For politicians like Pritzker (And President Biden) that proposed new restrictions after this shooting should demand details not only of how they constitutionally limit guns, but also whether such restrictions would have actually prevented this tragedy. There are areas where we can make real progress, particularly in funding more mental illness programs. However, there needs to be more honesty about the range of constitutional and practical options for dealing with such shootings.