Adam L. Silverman: After the comment brouhaha about running afoul of Chief Wright’s wishes on how his posts are handled, I contacted Richard and asked if I could have a go at editing his post keeping the Chief’s concerns in mind because this is such an important topic. And from reading Chief Wright, I know its an important topic for him as well. So below the update line below, is an amended variation on what Richard put together this morning
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Last June (26 JUN 2015) Chief Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station wrote a thoughtful and thought provoking post about how to handle the reasonable regulation of firearms that every Supreme Court ruling dealing with the 2nd Amendment, including the recent Heller decision* recognize as being constitutional.
Chief Wright posited that the way to cut through the politics and arguments and intransigence around the 2nd Amendment would be to enshrine the NRA’s rules for safe firearm handling as law. These rules, sometimes called the four rules or four laws of firearm safety are generally credited to Colonel Jeff Copper a former US Marine Corps officer and WW II and Korean War Veteran.
The rules that Chief Wright argued should be made into law are:
….Always assume the gun is loaded, unless you personally have verified that it is unloaded……
Always point the gun in a safe direction.
Know your target and what is beyond.
The NRA adds a very reasonable and sensible fifth rule:
Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Click over and see the Chief’s commentary on each of these, as well as how and why this should be pursued as a matter of public policy.
This post was not the first time that Chief Wright addressed issues pertaining to firearms or America’s seeming fascination with them or what to do about this fascination when trying to develop and establish public policy in line with the 2nd Amendment and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of it. These posts can be found linked to below and I highly recommend that you take the time to click over and read them if you have not done so before:
The Bang Bang Crazy series:
Part 1, What we need, see, are more guns, big fucking guns
Part 2, Gun violence isn’t the exception in America, it’s who we are
Part 3, Sandy Hook, the NRA, and a gun in every school
Part 4, More dead kids and why we have laws
Part 5, Gun control and a polite society
Part 6, The Christopher Dorner rampage, they needed killin’
Part 7, Still more dead kids and let’s print our own guns!
Part 8, Let’s try blaming the victim, shall we?
Part 9, Armed soldiers on post, sure, nothing to go wrong there.