- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 30, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In 1964, Marshall McLuhan wrote in “Understanding Media” that “once a technology exists, it cannot be destroyed.” Thus, anyone can go to any hardware store and for about $7 buy all the parts needed to make a simple gun (“Dispelling bullet myths,” Commentary, Friday).

Any ambitious, larcenous machinist or tinkerer can illegally build a zip gun or a submachine gun using scrap metal. The same applies to modern ammunition, which employs a simple 3,000-year-old formulation of common, unregulated chemicals in a stamped brass can with a chemical primer at one end and a simple or complex bullet fitted at the open end.

Many folks cleverly choose to ignore that the First Amendment and the Second Amendment are mutually dependent and inseparable. Thanks to the First Amendment, the relatively simple technology needed to manufacture improvised firearms (or ammunition, simple explosives, various weapons of destruction or, for that matter, most everyday products) is readily available in the public domain for anyone to access. Just run an Internet search for “homemade guns.”

The Second Amendment simply backs up the right to protection under the First Amendment, and vice versa. Thus, vitiating one destroys the other. Why can’t those in Congress, the media and on the utopia-obsessed political left understand the simple truths above before they attempt to impose dangerous and draconian solutions on the law-abiding majority?

JOHN LUCAS

Vienna

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