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Principles supporting position:
Protect the vulnerable
Basis for federal government role in the issue:
Second Amendment to Constitution: “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.”
Principle Based Position
This difficult issue requires balancing of many principles:
Citizens generally should be allowed to own ordinary guns for sports and personal protection, but not all citizens and not all kinds of guns
A narrow, reasonable, and helpful federal law to control gun sale and possession should be enacted, such as removing guns from people with felony convictions or who are mentally ill and pose extreme risks, an assault weapon ban, and background checks for gun show and individual sales
Balancing the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the desire to stymie active shooters and murderers indeed presents a tough, controversial issue. But we actually think much can be done about this conundrum.