Your exchange with Senator Cruz of Texas over the Constitutionality of proposed gun legislation has forced me to reassess a long held opinion that there are far too many lawyers in Congress. Although voters seem to intuit that lawyers are best equipped to craft legislation, their record in Congress belies that assumption.
Now, as we wrestle with issues of public safety and turn our attention on the weapons that criminals employ, we seem thwarted by the Second Amendment. Understandably, you respond with passion whenever your opponents throw it in your face. However, there it is and you may have to consider more strenuous methods of taking the guns out of the hands of everyone, possibly even revoking the Second Amendment. After all, if it blocks your path, why not cut it down? Do you have the support to repeal the Second Amendment?
I suspect that is the course you must follow because a lawyer served a useful purpose. He showed us that your proposed legislation is unconstitutional. His reasoning rang true, and no amount of bluster and righteous indignation can overcome it. Congress cannot selectively infringe on natural rights, not as regarding speech or the right of self-defense.
Rancho Santa Margarita, California