In very recent history, an individual’s right to bear arms has become a hot topic of debate. The Second Amendment is commonly quoted in order to argue the individual’s rights, but when the Second Amendment was first conceptualized this individualistic rights approach was far from the contemporary interpretation. Originally the meaning behind the highly debated phrase was interpreted to apply strictly to those involved in militia service especially after the rebellion.… [Read more]
I’m from North Carolina, home of state legislators who want to legislate a state religion, declare Islam a terrorist organization, require drug tests for some public benefits, and other craziness such as the U.S. Constitution not counting here in the Old North State. So, in an effort to get away from name-calling (NC state republicans deserve it), I’m going to write about how our two senators voted on the Manchin/Toomey background check measure.… [Read more]
This item on Sulia.com piqued my interest because it was so misleading. Actually it aggravated me a great deal. People who should know and understand our Constitution and laws write or broadcast erroneous information that other people then accept as the truth without attempting to verify the accuracy of what they read or heard. This is wrong, so wrong!… [Read more]
Yesterday, after much intense debate, the Senate struck a deal to expanding background checks for gun buyers. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), both of whom are strong traditional allies of the National Rifle Association, revealed a compromise to close the gun show loophole.
According to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:
“Unfortunately, current federal law requires criminal background checks only for guns sold through licensed firearm dealers, which account for just 60% of all gun sales in the United States.… [Read more]
“The Second Amendment was designed to allow states to defend themselves against a possible tyrannical national government. Now that the federal government has stealth bombers and nuclear weapons, it is hard to imagine what people would need to keep in the garage to serve that purpose.” ~ Judge Robert Bork
I have been listening to the pro gun supporters and all their feeble reasons as to why they think the United States government does not have the right to infringe on an individual’s right to bear arms.… [Read more]
Gun ownership is the only thing that stands between us innocent citizens and a government with the potential to turn tyrannical at any moment—or so the gun lobby would have you believe.
As the argument usually goes, the citizenry needs access to semi-automatic and automatic weapons in order to protect itself if the government decides to violently subjugate its own people.… [Read more]
Following the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Wayne LaPierre, speaking officially for the National Rifle Association, blamed the massacre on anything and everything but the insane proliferation of guns in the USA, today.
The NRA’s “meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again” turn out to be blaming the current wave of mass killings and interpersonal gun violence on movies, video games and (hold on to your hats) gun-free zones such as public schools.… [Read more]
It is about guns. And gun culture. And mental illness. And horrible, awful individuals who are of sound mind. The tragic event that took the lives of 20 babies and 6 courageous adults has these factors baked in.
I’ve resisted posting my thoughts on Facebook or Twitter in the aftermath of all this because, I think, sometimes silence and reflection, not knee jerk responses, are warranted.… [Read more]
Let me start by saying I am not anti-gun.
My dad, my grandpa, my uncles, and my brothers are hunters; I grew up around guns. I even learned to shoot one when I was a kid.
I don’t believe in banning firearms or revoking our right to bear arms.
I do believe that there has to be firmer control over guns though.… [Read more]
I need your help here for I am completely lost. There is one argument made by gun rights activists that I cannot counter. This particular argument has been troubling me for a long time. Today I decided to write about it after reading in the newspapers about another random death caused by a stray bullet in Seattle.… [Read more]