2nd Amendment Refresher
"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."
This crucial part of the U.S. Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights, adopted in 1791, and protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The rights described in the Bill of Rights (freedoms of religion, speech, association...) all refer to individual liberties. These rights had just been secured by the people with gun in hand. The militia consists of an armed citizenry.
There have been several landmark decisions issued by the Supreme Court relating to the Second Amendment. On June 26, 2008, the Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia (therefore, not a collective, right as as a member of a militia), and to use a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
In 2010, in McDonald v. Chicago, the high Court ruled that the Second Amendment's guarantee of an individual right to bear arms applies also to limit state and local governments from overreaching through gun control laws. This was an enormous victory for supporters of gun rights.
Also of note are several other Supreme Court decisions. In Parker v. D.C., in 2008, the court repealed the D.C. handgun ban and trigger-lock requirement for self-defense arms as unconstitutional. The NRA immediately filed suites against the city of Chicago over its handgun ban, and then against the city of San Francisco over its ban of handguns in public housing.
The NRA has been successful in four lawsuits in Illinois seeking the repeal of gun ban ordinances, and invalidated much of Chicago's gun purchase and registration laws.
The NRA suit against the San Francisco housing authority was settled and resulted in allowing residents to possess legal firearms in a SFHA apartment building, and the removal of a gun ban in their residential lease terms.
Gun control laws only attempt only to restrict and disarm law-abiding citizens. Criminals by definition do not abide by laws, and will get guns by whatever illegal means necessary. If guns were banned, only criminals would have them, and the law-abiding disarmed free citizens would have no effective means of self-defense. The results of banning guns for the past 20-years in Great Britain are a perfect example. Violent crime has increased dramatically, especially in home-invasion burglaries, even in broad daylight. Also in Canada, and Australia, where strict gun control laws have been implemented, there has been a significant increase in crime rates, where here in the U.S. violent crime rates have dropped dramatically, because of the increase in gun ownership.
In New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago, they have all had handgun bans. The results have been a much higher violent crime rate than surrounding areas. Gun control laws simply don't work. However, other studies have proven that increasing the number of concealed carry permits issued in an area has a significant, strong deterrent effect on violent crime.
A study found that guns were used as often as 2.5 million times per year for protection, which is 3-5 times more often than they are used to commit crimes. In the vast majority of self-defense cases, a gun does not even need to be fired to be effective at stopping an attack. Criminals fear encountering armed citizens.
Governments banning guns because some lawless criminals use them, tell the rest of us law-abiding citizens, that our rights and liberties are dependent not on our own conduct, but the behavior of the lawless. Really, then it is only the criminals that are determining what we are allowed. This is not a free society.
What we really need here in America, is for the government to stop infringing on the rights of it's law-abiding citizens.
One of the best things we can do to be a true patriot, to stand up for freedom, and our unalienable rights, is to get a Utah Concealed Carry Permit, and then prepare ourself to provide for our own safety and that of our family and loved ones. Please visit our website for more information.
Mike Munnerlyn, Instructor
Utah Concealed Carry Permit, LLC
I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.
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