The right to bear arms Law
Every time a mass shooting happens in the country the gun law debate arises again. There are passion cries that state guns are bad. Of course, this overlooks the fact that knives are not debated and can be just as dangerous.
After all, the biggest mass murder in the US used box cutters; over 3,000 people died.
But, guns are not the issue. People are. Removing the right to own and carry a gun will simply increase the ratio of criminals with guns to honest people. As a gun carries an inherent threat of death it is likely that an armed person will triumph over an unarmed one.
Take away guns and control is handed to the criminals.
There are also thousands of business like Gun Gods which survive through legitimate gun trade. How many people would be out of work if guns were made illegal?
The Right To Bear
The second amendment states “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 phrase has a serious of commas which can adjust the meaning. Different group have latched onto different parts of the phrase to create their own arguments.
However, the basic right disclosed in here is the fact that the people’s right to keep and bear arms should not be infringed.
Many have argued over the difference between state and federal government. It was not until the 2008 Supreme Court case in Columbia that the Supreme Court categorically said that an individual has the right to keep a weapon at home for self defense.
The Historical Stage
Many people look back at the 18th and 19th century to assess how the law would have been interpreted then and why it was necessary. This leads to continual debate as it is simply not possible to possible to know what people thought in those days.
But what is true today is that the debate rages on. Is the ability to walk round at university with a concealed weapon the same as having a gun at home for self defense? The court decision in 2008 does not address this issue and it’s not one that they have been prepared to tackle yet.
The Current State Of Play
For now it has to be accepted that the ownership of guns is permitted across all states but that individual states are left to decide the level of gun control and whether people are allowed to legally conceal a weapon in pubic or even open carry it.
What is certain is that every US citizen has the right to bear arms. However, you need to comply with all the relevant laws in your state to ensure that your ownership remains legal.
It is also a good idea to keep your weapon secure at all times; you don’t want to add fuel to the debate by being responsible for an accident with a gun!