As a direct result of the deaths of 17 students and faculty members at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, we are finally having a national debate on banning assault weapons. Even the National Rifle Association seems ready to compromise.
Congressional Republicans are considering a measure that will strengthen the background checks of gun buyers to ensure that the mentally ill are barred from purchasing firearms. President Donald Trump has demanded that the age at which a person may buy an assault weapon be raised from eighteen to twenty-one.
That, however, was a step too far not just for the N.R.A., but for many Congressional Republicans as well. After all, we don’t want to infringe on the right to bear arms of even one mentally stable American. Or, as House Speaker Paul Ryan put it, “we shouldn’t be banning guns for law-abiding citizens.”
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Perhaps these patriotic Americans can work out an acceptable compromise among themselves. And the key to compromise is to limit the terms of the d