Lawmakers must rise above politics and craft sensible gun-control laws

The Muslim Times

By: M. Imran Hayee, Duluth News Tribune

Three months after the shocking Newtown tragedy, America’s top lawmakers remain unable to take action on gun-control legislation. Instead, a fierce fight between President Obama and the gun lobby is on the rise.

The gun lobby portrays Obama as an elite hypocrite who wants to abolish the Second Amendment by taking away Americans’ right to self-defense.

Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the Supreme Court officially interpreted the Second Amendment only once, in June 2008, when it overturned Washington, D.C.’s 32-year-old ban on handguns with a 5-4 vote. A narrow margin but a big win for the gun lobby. Sympathizing with Washington’s problems with crime and guns, Justice Atnonin Scalia wrote in the majority statement, “The Constitution leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns.”

Although the historic Supreme…

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