Be that as it may, Bush’s now-clarified position on gun control – that gun rights should be left to the democratic process at the local and state level – betrays any pretension of “balance.” Or commitment to firearms freedom.
The AP headline – Bush: New gun limits not way to prevent shooting tragedies – signaled a boilerplate “pro-gun pol says don’t blame the guns” story: And so it seemed, at first. “New gun control measures are not the way to prevent mass killings such as the shooting deaths of nine people in a South Carolina church, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Saturday. Bush, who plans to meet with black ministers in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, said identifying potentially violent people before they commit such crimes is a better approach than further restrictions on gun ownership. ‘We as a society better figure out how we identify these folks long before they feel compelled to take up a gun and kill innocent people,’ the former Florida governor said at a town hall meeting.” And then, this . . .
Afterward, he told reporters gun control was an issue that should be sorted out at the state level.
“Rural areas are very different than big, teeming urban areas,” he said.
Wrong answer. Americans natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is NOT a state rights’ issue, any more than freedom of speech is a state rights’ issue. But don’t take my word for it. While I don’t consider the Supreme Court the final arbiter of my rights, the McDonald decision incorporated the Second Amendment. The Supremes ruled that it trumps local and state law.