Do law-abiding citizens have 2nd Amendment right to own a howitzer?

Second Amendment

Should law-abiding citizens have the right to own a howitzer?

And if so, should an 18-year-old be able to buy one?

These are questions to be considered as the nation reacts to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and looks at Second Amendment gun rights.

That amendment on the right to bear arms refers to “a well-regulated militia.” A militia is a military organization. So, should that cover all military weapons, not just military-style assault rifles? Could the right to have howitzers be infringed?

We send howitzers to Ukraine. Why there, when there is so much need at home?

With all the shootings in this country, with firearms now the leading cause of death of children and adolescents, should more be done to provide stronger firepower for law-abiding citizens to combat this violence?

With calls to harden the defense of schools against evildoers, what would harden the defense more than a howitzer on the roof of every school? They could hit a target 10 miles away.

With so many politicians calling for more guns in the community as the answer to gun violence, would more howitzers in the community be the strongest deterrent?

Did Texas cops wait so long in that hallway — as kids were dying — because they knew they were outgunned by the killer with an assault-style weapon? If so, is the solution to ban those assault weapons of war? Or is it give police more powerful weapons? Howitzers?

Some states like Indiana have done away with need for a permit to carry a gun. If there is a “constitutional carry” provided by the Second Amendment, is there also a “constitutional tow,” a right for law-abiding citizens to tow a howitzer? Would they need a permit? Probably not in Indiana, given the state legislature’s stand against permits.

Since Texas law has worked so well for so long in allowing 18-year-olds to buy rifles, now even ones designed for war, is there any need to keep people that age from buying a howitzer? They, of course, still would not be able to buy a beer.

If howitzers became prevalent on American streets, there would be demands by gun control advocates to ban them. Would the National Rifle Association respond that when howitzers are outlawed, only outlaws will have howitzers?

Would Americans agree that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a howitzer is a good guy with a howitzer?

The Second Amendment language about need for “a well-regulated militia” brings up another possible reason for howitzers.

Militia groups in Michigan and other states practice tactics for civil war to save America. Do they need more powerful weapons to respond to threats such as election of a president they don’t like?

Insurrectionists storming the Capitol weren’t able to stop election certification or hang Mike Pence. Would the outcome have been different if they had howitzers? Could they have taken out Pence? And taken off the dome to make it impossible to meet in the Capitol to certify anything?

While sales of assault weapons now increase, another response to the Texas massacre is criticism of Daniel Defense for selling an assault-style weapon to the 18-year-old killer and pitching advertising toward young buyers.

But the firm stated firmly that “our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the community devastated by this evil act.” Isn’t that enough?

Instead of making it possible for law-abiding citizens and militia groups to have howitzers, we send them to Ukraine.

Donald Trump offers help. He deplores so much spending to help Ukraine defend against forces of Vladimir Putin. Instead, Trump says, we should attack problems here at home.

So, if we cut off howitzers for Ukraine, could they be used instead for attacking problems here at home?

And then there is the bazooka.

Jack Colwell is a columnist for The Tribune. Write to him in care of The Tribune or by email at

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