Editorial: The horrifying attack on Paul Pelosi is an attack on democracy
This past week, as the Democrats held their national convention in Philadelphia, a gunman walked through the hallways of the Thomas Paine Center for Humanities and Social Science building that houses the American Philosophical Society, the nation’s oldest intellectual and scholarly society. The gunman shot a police officer who was standing guard inside the building.
The gunman, Scott Dale Roy III, was shot dead by other officers responding to the call for backup.
The gunman’s actions violated the rights of all attendees to assemble peacefully in a public library. He is a clear and present danger to the safety and well-being of attendees.
One might expect that the National Rifle Association would condemn the attack on the library.
But the NRA’s stance on the shooting is actually somewhat hypocritical because they are so concerned about gun owners being able to exercise their rights.
As of May 25, the NRA’s position on open carry has been stated as follows:
“The Second Amendment to the Constitution provides the right to keep and bear arms for the regulation of government, but there are several circumstances in which it does not. For example, a member of the National Rifle Association may legitimately carry a pistol, but not an automatic weapon, concealed in the scope of his duties, and in the public streets of the city he happens to live in. The Second Amendment does not provide such an exemption.”
The truth is, the Second Amendment does not provide an exemption for one group of Second Amendment rights over another. But this is the group that the NRA wants to protect, people who keep weapons for hunting and recreation.
As of the month of May, there were over 100 cases of open carry in New York, which includes the following counties: Albany, Broome, Chemung, Cattaraugus, Bronx, Kings, Nassau, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Ulster, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates. All of the cases of open carry