As 21st Century Americans, we’re used to Congress and the White House having a very expansive view of what falls within their purview as government officials, a view that the Founding Fathers would have likely found gross and unconstitutional. William J. Watkins does a commendable job asking, then attempting to answer, a very valid question:
Across the country, Americans are debating the effectiveness of Obama’s gun-control proposals. Commentators on the left argue that automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines aren’t necessary for home defense or hunting. On the right, the president’s critics say limiting guns won’t end violence and point out that no matter what laws Congress passes, criminals will still find ways to be well armed. The proposed legislation, they contend, simply would put law-abiding citizens at a disadvantage.
Both sides are missing the larger question in this debate: Does Congress even have the right to regulate or ban guns?
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: No and no.