"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
What does that mean? What are "arms". What is a "regulated militia"?
Does a school full of dead children with their bodies riddkled with bullets make any difference to us? Does a theater full of dead movie goers with blood dripping down the floor make any difference to us? Should everyone carry an assault weapon at all times in all places to for protection from evil doers?
District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), was a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home and within federal enclaves. The Supreme Court held:
- (1) The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
- (2) Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
- (3) The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment his handgun and must issue him a license to carry it in the home.
Does the Heller case limit the government right to restrict body armor piercing bullets? Who primarily wears body armor? Police, right? So is the primary purpose of body armor piercing bullets to kill policemen? Should such bullets be legal?
Does the Heller case restrict registration, permits, background checks?
Did you see the video where a man threatened to kill people if gun laws were changed? The CEO of a Tennessee company that specializes weapons and tactical training is threatening to “start killing people” if President Barack Obama moves forward with gun control measures. Look at the video at http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/10/unhinged-tactical-response-ceo-threatens-to-start-killing-people-over-obamas-gun-control/
Does this fellow and this attitude, not scare you to death? What if somene threatened to start killing people if restrictions on our first amendment rights, or a fourth amendment rights or our fifth amendment rights are proposed? Would this be ok?
Did you see Former General Stanley McChrystal on "Morning Joe". Former General McChrystal, who led the war in Afghanistan, endorsed strong gun control laws Tuesday on Morning Joe.
As for me, I would ban assault weapons, I would ban high capacity magazines, I would require background checks in all gun sales including private sales and gun show sales.