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The Second Amendment is part of the first set of amendments to the Constitution, called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights limits the powers of the government and describes the rights of individuals that are protected in our Republic. The Second Amendment was based largely on the Virginia Bill of Rights, and to understand the Second Amendment, it helps to be familiar with that bill. The point of the Second Amendment is to protect the right of individuals to own firearms, as well as the right of citizens to form a militia if needed. (The founding fathers were very worried about standing armies and oppressive governments, which is why this clause was so very important to them.)
Further reading is below (copied and pasted from a friend of mine and very good reading.)
Nowhere on this stamp or the description does it say anything about "fully automatic military grade combat rifles." If you had done some background reading, you would know that ownership of fully automatic firearms has been all but banned since the National Firearms Act of 1934. (The date is NOT a typo.) Although anti-gun sites would have you believe that "automatic military rifles" are a big issue in this country, they're not. They're already highly restricted and nearly impossible to own. They want to ban all semi-automatic firearms (which is most sporting weapons and many shotguns) that look similar to military firearms. Has nothing to do with how they function but how they look. The AR-15 is the most popular sporting weapon in this country, widely used in shooting competitions, recreational shooting, and yes, hunting (a lot of people hunt with them, particularly coyote and similar-sized game).
Further Reading - this came from a discussion but is very good and has links, so go read it.
So … here’s a thought. Before we start debating what the meaning of the word is is (I hope people get this reference), maybe we should do the logical thing. The logical thing to do would be this: If you want to understand the meaning of a word or a phrase in the context of a specific time period, it’s best to look at writings from that time period to see how this word or that phrase was used. This gives you an idea of its meaning.
Luckily for us, Brian Halonen from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee was kind enough to do this, and some of the uses for “well-regulated” he has found from the time period can be seen here. As you can see, during the period the Constitution was written, the term “well-regulated” meant that something was normal, in proper working order, or functioning as expected. Checking out the dictionary of etymology (that is, the origin of words and their meanings), we find that beginning in the 1630’s, “regular” meant “normal”.
If you’d like to learn a little more about the background of the second amendment and its meaning in the time period, the ‘Lectric Law Library has well-sourced article about it.
Of course, and I hate to state the obvious, but we call the first ten amendments to the US Constitution the “Bill of Rights.” These ten amendments protect the individual rights of citizens (it does not grant these rights, it protects them) and limit the amount of control and power that the federal government can exercise over them. There is no logical reason why all of them would be individual rights except the second amendment.
It needs to also be mentioned that the Virginia Declaration of Rights played a large role in the writing of what is now the Bill of Rights, ie the first ten amendments to our constitution. This document specifically states, “That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.” Note that it defines a “well-regulated militia” as “the body of the people.” That is, all citizens of the state.
You’ll also see that in United States v. Emerson, Parker v. District of Columbia, and District of Columbia v. Heller, courts consistently upheld the second amendment as an individual right to own and bear arms, as written in the constitution.
So … what part of this is still unclear?
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Hope this helps / answers whatever questions you might have about the Second Amendment and those "fully automatic" firearms.
Maybe you should youtube "Police Brutality" and please tell me how you can put your trust into people who break the law? I've been assaulted before, if I was carrying that man would be a corpse. Instead, he is walking around a free man, because the police believe a man with 12 counts of assault and rape is clearly a good man. The Police are corrupt and not trustworthy. I'm not putting my trust into them. It's good that a sheep like you will believe everything the government and police tell you.
The background check argument is another one of those. People argue that they don't like that "people can buy guns without a background check" or that the "background checks aren't thorough enough" or that there "are no background checks at gun shows", etc. I can tell you that all of those are false. Any person buying a firearm from a firearms dealer, including at gun shows, is required to submit to a federal background check. That check is the NICS, or National Instant Criminal Background Check. More info on that found here -> www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics…
This is done by filling out a long form, ATF Form 4473 - you can find it here --> www.atf.gov/files/forms/downlo… , and providing two forms of ID (driver's license with your picture and address, plus something else with your address, like a vehicle registration or utility bill). After you have filled that form in, the seller has to then get that information to the NICS folks. In stores, this is usually done on the computer, but a lot of smaller gun dealers and some older stores still do it over the phone. Once the NICS folk have your information, they then run it through the background check to ensure that a) the information you've provided is accurate and b) there's nothing on your record that would prevent you from purchasing the firearm you wish to purchase. This process may take as little as a few minutes, but it may take as long as several days or even a week. There are a lot of things that may cause your check to be delayed, including having a name very similar to another person who can't own a firearm, having been born in a foreign country (even if you are now a US citizen), having valid current security clearances, and a ton of other things. My husband's is always held up due to his security clearances. Mine always takes a while because I was born overseas.
When your background check comes back as approved, the seller is notified and they notify you and you can come pick up the weapon you've already paid for. In some states and instances, there are some additional hoops to jump through. New York, for example, requires handguns to be entered on a person's handgun permit before they can pick them up and take them home. So in addition to the federal background check, you also need to go to the police and have it entered onto your permit by make, type, and serial number, before you can pick it up and bring it home.
The only exception to the above are states that allow private sales between individuals. Basically, if you own a legal firearm and you wish to sell it to a friend (provided that friend isn't prohibited from owning firearms, in which case the sale would be illegal), you can sell it to them without having to go through the background check procedure.
And no, you're absolutely allowed to have an opinion. It's just better if you understand the facts. I'm personally not a big fan of country music (opinion) but I'm also not trying to tell people they're not allowed to listen to country music (exercise one of their individual rights from the bill of rights) because I don't like it. I don't like it, so I don't listen to it. I think if people who disliked firearms just didn't own any, instead of telling other people they can't own them, that would be super. But then, I'm a libertarian. I think people should do what works for them, keep their noses out of their neighbors' business, and keep big government to a minimum.
Why does nobody ever blame the man who pulls the trigger, but they always blame the tool......
A lot of people are comparing it to having vehicles. If someone gets in the car drunk and kills someone else, then nobody blames the car or the car's manufacturer, they blame the drunk driver who killed another person. But - say the anti-gunners - the two are not the same thing. In order to drive a car, you must take driving classes and a test and there are lots of rules of where you can drive and where you can't. And a car is a necessary tool. But, says I, in order to carry a firearm you must also take classes (usually involving a test at the end), and pass a background check in order to get your carry permit. In order to buy a gun, you need to pass a background check. There are also lots of laws where you cannot carry a gun - like malls, movie theaters, and many other places. And to a lot of people, a hunting rifle is still a necessary tool to put meat on the table - we don't all live in the city.
More gun laws have never led to a decrease in firearms-related crime. By definition, criminals don't follow the laws. Even a Harvard study found that there is NO correlation between gun control and a decrease in violent crime, nor has this been the case in countries with stricter gun laws. But some people whose ideology is based solely on what others tell them and not on independent research still believe that more laws = less crime.
The dumbass behind it, pulling the trigger kills people.
I agree. xD