The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 12, 2013

Gun law salve that won't heal

Legislators sometimes pass laws that have practical applications. Sometimes they pass laws that do little more than make them and their constituents feel better. A bill in the Alabama Senate regarding gun control is probably more the latter than the former. The Senate bill declares federal gun control laws in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment and declares them null and void in Alabama. If anything can be said about Alabama's history, it's that picking fights with the federal government is largely futile and often disastrous. The bill's sponsors say they hope it will enable the state to avoid being forced to enforce federal laws that it thinks are unconstitutional.

State cooperation with federal agencies is frequently more voluntary than coerced. So, it seems unlikely that the federal government will be able to force state agencies to do its gun control dirty work.

Many Alabama citizens feel helpless and frustrated. It seems as if people far from here would impose sensibilities on the entire country that make little sense here. Sometimes our faith in our system of government gets shaken. But it's worth remembering that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of individuals to own firearms. That means that the system, in that case, worked well. Alabama citizens and its legislators should have a little faith in the system. We're not suggesting that they trust the government in all things. It has proven unworthy of blanket trust. But, the Constitution is here to protect the rights we hold dear. It has done that well for 225 years.

Text Only


Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

None of the above
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee