If you live in America, you are four times more likely to be murdered than if you live in Britain, almost six times more likely than in Germany, and 13 times more likely than in Japan. Two-thirds of all murders in America involve guns, whereas in Britain the figure is under 10%.
Colorado’s latest slaughter of innocents confirms the insanity of allowing weapons to everyone, and yet neither the President, nor his challenger are saying anything.
The second amendment which reads:
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.
is the foundation on which the weapons lobby depends. They believe that the Amendment’s phrase “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” creates an individual constitutional right for citizens of the United States.
Some scholars point to the prefatory language “a well regulated Militia” to argue that the Framers intended only to restrict Congress from legislating away a state’s right to self-defense.
The controversy was addressed by the courts in 1939 in United States v. Miller. The court determined that the scholars were right. That opinion stood for almost 70 years, until 2008 when in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller when the court reinstated the individual right for U.S. citizens to possess firearms. The decision was reaffirmed in the 2010 decision of McDonald v. City of Chicago.
People are right to rebel against their soldiers being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why aren’t they equally vocal about the mass murders happening at home?
Colorado’s dark night
United States v. Miller (No. 696) 26 F.Supp. 1002, reversed.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER (No. 07-290) 478 F. 3d 370, affirmed.
M c DONALD et al. v . CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, et al.