2nd Amendment… absurd constitutional law ??

26 06 2008

The US Supreme court is deciding a ruling on whether the 2nd amendment gives people the right to bear arms or the right for an armed militia to form. The incident that sparked this was a law in Washington DC that prohibits the possession of hand guns. In a city that elected a known crack head to another term as mayor, allowing handguns to circulate will certainly lead to more gun crime and death.

The US has around 10,000 murders a year. Is that what freedom is supposed to be about? I doubt it. But the gun lobby has a lot of money and they make a lot of payoffs. It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court handles this. I hope they rule the possession of hand guns is NOT constitutionally guaranteed. I think citizens should apply for them and face a background test. That is reasonable. Those citizens should also supply DNA, and retina scans, and fingerprint, and biographical information.

I enjoy shooting trap and skeet with my children who are 8 and 10 years old. We do it in a controlled environment that is safe and fun. There are 90 guns in the US for every 100 people and that is too many.

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3 responses

27 06 2008

I think citizens should apply for them and face a background test. That is reasonable.

If that’s what you want, then you need to push for a constitutional amendment. The 2nd isn’t written in stone; it can be changed.

However, as the 2nd is part of the constitution, either we hold the government to the limits of its legitimate constituting authority, or we don’t. Personally, I’m not ready to live in a country governed by the infliction of arbitrary power.

No matter if in this case or that case, the ideas presented really are better. If they are, then they should stand the test of amendment.

No one said this would be easy; and sure enough, it isn’t.

28 06 2008
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30 06 2008

Thanks for your comment fnygyrz. I agree with you. I have a half dozen amendments in mind… now I hope I get a chance to work on them all.

The ruling has been handed down in this case BTW.

From CNN

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation’s capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms… The justices struck down the ban in a 5-4 decision, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing the opinion for the majority.

MY OPINION: Since we are a nation filled with guns I believe we should do a better job at ensuring the average citizens safety by keeping track of those guns and making sure they are not in the hands of a convicted felon or mental patient.

Regards everyone !!

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