High court will uphold gun rightsPublished 12:47am Saturday, December 29, 2012
What appears to be lost on our liberal friends and follows what Ronald Reagan said, “It isn’t that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
The Second Amendment was put in place on Dec 15, 1791, and upheld again recently by the Supreme Court, in 2008 and 2010. The Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions concerning the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. There was never an intent to limit or define the type of firearm nor its capabilities and the espoused concept of allowing for “hunting” had no basis in fact.
Certain quotes below are from Wikipedia.
In fact, in no particular order, early American settlers viewed the right to arms and/or the right to bear arms and/or state militias as important for one or more of these purposes:
• deterring tyrannical government;
• repelling invasion;
• suppressing insurrection;
• facilitating a natural right of self-defense;
• participating in law enforcement;
• enabling the people to organize a militia system.
Which of these considerations they thought were most important, which of these considerations they were most alarmed about, and the extent to which each of these considerations ultimately found expression in the Second Amendment is disputed. Some of these purposes were explicitly mentioned in early state constitutions; for example, the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 asserted that, “the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the state”.
In context, of its origin, it is inarguable that the framers of the Bill of Rights NEVER intended to place limits on the capabilities of weapons owned by the citizenry. In fact, given the reasons for the 2nd Amendment’s development in the first place, the ability of a government to field citizen soldiers who, by their own needs, desires, and development who possess and understand higher capability weapons, is a great asset to the security of such government. Providing, of course, that it is not the government “itself” which threatens the security of the citizenry.
The original ban on Assault Weapons, now expired, was an unconstitutional ban, yet, illogically, never challenged before the Supreme Court, who would have surely found it unconstitutional. It has been proposed that the lack of a challenge to the ban was based on yet another knee jerk, outpouring of political emotion regarding an event in early 1989, where a gunman killed five children and wounded 30 others when he went on a shooting spree with an AK-47 at a Cleveland school. Diane Feinstein went berserk and pushed until Clinton (a liberal) signed the unconstitutional assault weapon ban in 1994.
More from Wikipedia: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied the “assault weapon” ban and other gun control attempts, and found “insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws reviewed for preventing violence,” noting “that insufficient evidence to determine effectiveness should not be interpreted as evidence of ineffectiveness.” A 2004 critical review of research on firearms by a National Research Council panel also noted that academic studies of the assault weapon ban “did not reveal any clear impacts on gun violence” and noted “due to the fact that the relative rarity with which the banned guns were used in crime before the ban … the maximum potential effect of the ban on gun violence outcomes would be very small…”
SO. Here we go again. Liberals in power, who have literally NO understanding of the Constitution, its Amendments, and the Bill of Rights, HOWLING for gun control and registration. They would do well to own a firearm and know how to use it. Our widening cultural diversity, through uncontrolled borders, will only increase the probability of the framers of the Second Amendment’s nightmares will come true. New York is so crazed and preoccupied with “gun control” Look at their trend, then observe the world wide gun violence statistics. The U.S. is not even in the top 10!
Ronald R. Hei,
Ph.D., M.B.A., B.A., B.S., Ll.B.