Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.
In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions. 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. In dicta, the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.
1791 the right to bear arms was adopted in the Bill of Rights, a right to self defense, this law enacted as a right was at a time when guns and rifles were flint locks with ball bearing projectiles...
Today gun enthusiasts can purchase or attain through relatively easy means automatic assault rifles, god and guns, as Charleston Heston proclaimed, you can pry that gun from my cold dead hands...
From my cold, dead hands
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"I'll give you my gun when you pry (or take) it from my cold, dead hands" is a slogan popularized by the National Rifle Association (NRA) on a series of bumper stickers. It is a variation of a slogan mentioned in a 1976 report from the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency: "I Will Give Up My Gun When They Peel My Cold Dead Fingers From Around It." The original version did not originate with the NRA, but with another gun rights group, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, based in Bellevue, Washington. It, along with "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns", is a slogan that is often used by gun owners and their supporters in discussions of gun control in the United States.
Use by Charlton HestonThe phrase gained newfound popularity following the 129th NRA convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 20, 2000, when the actor, and president at the time of the NRA, Charlton Heston ended a speech by concluding:
For the next six months, [Democratic presidential candidate and then-Vice President of the United States Al Gore] is going to smear you as the enemy. He will slander you as gun-toting, knuckle-dragging, bloodthirsty maniacs who stand in the way of a safer America. Will you remain silent? I will not remain silent. If we are going to stop this, then it is vital to every law-abiding gun owner in America to register to vote and show up at the polls on Election Day.Heston then paused to pick up a replica of a Sharps rifle and continued:
So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: 'From my cold, dead hands!'Heston repeated the phrase at the end of each NRA convention over which he presided as president. When he announced his retirement in 2003, he concluded by repeating "From my cold, dead hands
I don`t know the answer, the guns are out there, should everyone be armed with guns, rifles and bullet proof vests...
We have video games along with online interactive games of war, games where the animated victims are police, teachers, children and families,
What horror, a mass shooting, elementary aged school children, 20 sets of parents, 40 sets of grandparents, 100`s of related relatives and thousands of townsfolk, millions of outraged onlookers and even one very saddened Powell River Persuader.
We learned nothing from Columbine, nothing from Virginia Tech, ..
Guns and violence isn`t democratic or republican, it`s corporate, corporate gun makers, yes indeed, and don`t bother telling me criminals kill people not guns, mental illness armed with 1000 round assault rifles kill too, distraught football players with girlfriend issues snap too..
The sun is shining today and dozens will die in northern Mexico in an endless war on drugs.
Hundreds will die this weekend overseas in the war against Democracy, brutal regimes who slaughter the innocents, power, for all encompassing power.
Barack Obama is having to make another solemn speech, I hate these speeches because words won`t solve this, the NRA, rightwing constitutionalists, the right to bear arms never meant the ability to purchase 1000 round per minute assault rifles, it was 1791 when guns took near a minute to reload with a steel-ball..
Christmas isn`t coming to Connecticut and the gun makers will advocate that everyone carry arms, is that our new society, everyone wandering the streets packing heat,..
Serial killers shooting dolphins because dolphins eat fish, fish that can be caught and sold, psycho killers targeting innocent children..
This latest crime has not made me sad, it`s made me angry, no new law tomorrow will change anything, 300 million guns in the USA, millions more made yearly, bigger, faster, quieter, ..
And what angers me most, no political party will take a stand against the NRA, all fear losing the gun toting minority vote..
Mall shootings, church shootings, school shootings, .........
The gun lovers can claim only criminals kill people not guns all they want, however...
Rampage killingsBritain has had few firearms rampage incidents in modern times. During the latter half of the 20th century there were only two incidents in which people holding licensed firearms went on shooting sprees and killed on a large scale, the Hungerford massacre of 1987 and the Dunblane school massacre of 1996; each led to strong public and political demands to restrict firearm use, and tightening of laws. The result has been among the strictest firearms laws in the world. After Hungerford, the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 criminalised most semi-automatic long-barrelled weapons; it was generally supported by the Labour opposition although some Labour backbenchers thought it inadequate. After the second incident, the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 criminalised private possession of most handguns having a calibre over .22; the Snowdrop Campaign continued to press for a wider ban, and in 1997 the incoming Labour government introduced the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, which extended this to most handguns with a calibre of .22 (there are exceptions for some antique handguns and black-powder revolvers.)
Why always the children ...?
Time for the war on guns..
Rest in Peace little ones..
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Cheers-Eyes Full of Tears