We seem to have ignored the fact that these days the Second Amendment’s “well regulated militia” is considered by some to include any number of groups from neo-Nazis to organized gangs to white supremacists, anarchists, black radicals or ultra-right religious groups, all armed to the teeth and some threatening violence.
Eighteen months ago, I was on the street in Cleveland photographing at the Republican Convention. I interviewed a person with an automatic weapon who said to me, “There will be no Fourth Reich in America and, believe me, we are ready.”
We do not know when, but there is bound to be a confrontation between some violent group and our National Guard, and it could escalate from there.
Our Founding Fathers could not have conceived of television, jet planes, space travel or a host of other modern inventions, including high-powered automatic weapons designed for the sole purpose of killing people.
There are 1.2 million of these weapons sold annually. They are so pervasive that their misuse is quite simply inevitable as we have seen in Florida, Las Vegas, San Diego, Newtown and dozens of other cities and towns.
We watched the rehearsal for the future in Charlottesville last summer as neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, some with weapons, commandeered an entire community and overwhelmed a local police force with threats of escalating violence.
Three hundred years ago, the Second Amendment was written to protect our Republic from the English and French counterrevolutionaries. That is why they used the term “well regulated.” But there is nothing about the current owners of military-style weapons that could be considered “regulated,” and the dangers they present to ordinary citizens, local police and the National Guard demand that we require an end to the ownership of these deadly weapons except by authorized military and special police units.
For the record, I own two rifles and a shotgun.