Gun violence needs to be tackled by Trump
I wonder if new United States President Donald Trump has the courage to issue an executive order to make America safer from its own catastrophic internal violence.
As the new president, there must be something he could do to address gun violence.
Let me remind him of the stats: in 2016 in the US there were 15,050 deaths and 30,599 injuries due to firearms. Of those killed or injured, 670 were children and 3,113 were teenagers.
The Second Amendment of 1791 - the right of people to keep and bear arms - was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689, which supported the natural rights of self-defence, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defence of the state.
In United States v Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a "reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia".
Mr Trump, this is your opportunity to be remembered for stopping the "carnage" in America - seize it.
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