It is legal to carry a gun in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is legal to carry a gun even if you are going to use it to kill someone. The police cannot stop you unless you look like you are going to kill someone. Wearing army fatigues is not enough reason.
If you are willing to die when you use your gun, you can kill people. In Dallas and Baton Rouge, the killers must have known they would die. They used their weapons to kill police – five in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge. Then police killed them.
The Second Amendment is part of the American Constitution. It is about the “right to bear arms.” States have their own laws. Some states, such as New York, have limited the right. Some states, such as Texas, make it clear you can walk up and down the street with a gun at your side.
Here is the problem. Citizens have the right to protect themselves. Supporters of that right include the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.). In protecting gun rights, the N.R.A. is now protecting the right of killers to carry guns.
The killers in Dallas and Baton Rouge learned to use weapons in the military. They conducted their assaults in a military way. Soldiers know they risk their lives in action.
The killings of unarmed black men by police were the beginning of outrage. These killings did not look like they were necessary for the safety of the public or the officer. It was just a matter of time before revenge became the response of unbalanced minds.
The Black Lives Matter movement was a form of peaceful protest. All movements attract fringe people. Some protestors want to disrupt. Some want to use the movement for political reasons.
Keeping weapons out of the hands of people who hate enough to kill is not going to happen. What is to stop this madness from continuing?
The police, the community, and the nation’s leaders will have to take the lead. A new spirit will have to filter through communities. The election campaign is a chance for it to begin.