Government has structure. That is in the essence of government. That structure is expressed in constitutions and laws. Without that structure society would collapse in anarchy with the strongest and most rapacious ruling by terror and force. Alternatively, a government that possesses a monopoly of the means of coercion and a point of view like that of socialism or fascism that demands compliance with its program will inevitably become a tyranny.
To that end the framers and founders of the US wrote a constitution that is the supreme law of the land and that is impossible to change without the compliance of the states as the sovereign entity partners in that constitution.
Bearing on the present hysteria over Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton:
1. The 2nd amendment to the US Constitution guarantees to the citizens of the US the right to keep and bear arms.
2. In the United States vs The District of Columbia in 2008, SCOTUS ruled that the right to bear arms in self defense and defense of the home is an INDIVIDUAL right, not a right that can only be exercised as part of a state government associated militia. In this decision the door was left open for governments to deny the right to ownership to the mentally ill as well as to prior felons.
3. In Federalist Paper 46 James Madison writing as "Publius" in favor of the ratification of the present constitution argues that the proposed federal government could not become a tyranny precisely because it would be denied a monopoly of the means of coercion by the existence of state militias and the "unorganized militia" of the whole body of the armed citizenry. Those who think that a people armed with light weapons and improvised mines is not a major factor in internal struggles for power have learned nothing from the history of the last hundred years.
As a practical matter, it is impossible to disarm the American People. ATF estimates that there are over 270 MILLION firearms in private hands. "From my cold dead hands" was the cry of Charlton Heston describing the moment when government could take his guns.
The cry of the Left for "universal" background checks is once more abroad. Do not be deceived. "Universal" would mean ALL transfers firearms between Americans.
The various governments should get busy and find the means of denying firearms to the mentally ill. pl