Former Maryland governor and newly announced presidential candidate Martin O’Malley has had enough. He explains in a recent e-mail response to the horrifying Charleston shooting:
I’m pissed that we’re actually asking ourselves the horrific question of, what will it take? How many senseless acts of violence in our streets or tragedies in our communities will it take to get our nation to stop caving to special interests like the NRA?
I’m pissed that after working hard in the state of Maryland to pass real gun control – laws that banned high-magazine weapon, increasing licensing standards, and requiring fingerprints for handgun purchasers – Congress continues to drop the ball.
Let’s address the first and most basic problem in his tirade: that his anger is entirely misdirected. The NRA had nothing to do with the heinous murders in Charleston, and neither did Congress, or the Americans wishing to preserve their own rights to self-defense via personal firearms. This was the evil and murderous act of one man. And yet only a few days after the tragedy, O’Malley and the president and millions of others had constructed a pulpit over the yet unfilled victims’ graves, targeting Second Amendment advocates and extracting the usual political currency that gun control advocates immediately seek to gain in the wake of such crimes.
The second, more fundamental problem in his tirade is that he demands federal action that would wholly subvert the Constitution.
The Second Amendment is explicit in its purpose. The framers of the Constitution went to great care with the text’s design in hopes that such suggestions as O’Malley’s could never be construed as lawful. The text reads:
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.