Thursday, March 05, 2009

Second Amendment Rights

Below is a surprisingly good resource on understanding the controversy over the right to bear arms and what does that exactly mean.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution


I believe everyone has the right to own a gun if they wish. Having the right does not translate into everyone wanting to own a gun (for example, my mother doesn't want one in her house and she grew up in a household where having multiple guns was the norm) or suddenly our nation becomes the wild, wild west (anymore than it is right now).

My grandfather Walls loved guns. He could not afford the higher quality guns but he loved what he had and enjoyed target shooting and hunting. He taught his children how to use a gun. His wife, Margaret, was a champion sharpshooter as a young woman. To Grandpop, the weapon was nothing more than a resource to use to put food on the table and defend the family if necessary. The denial of his right to have a gun would have made things difficult for his family.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The following are quotations from 9th Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski:

"The simple truth - born of experience - is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people."
and
"The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest: where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.