Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Right Of The People To Keep & Bear Arms

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The Blogesphere is abuzz with headlines reporting the latest Supreme Court Of The United States (SCOTUS) rulings, specifically, the Right To Keep and Bear Arms.

Supreme Court Finds Individual Right to Own Guns
US Top Court Upholds Right to Bear Arms, Rejects Handgun Ban
Court: A Constitutional Right to a Gun

SCOTUS Blog wrote;

Answering a 127-year old constitutional question, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a gun, at least in one’s home. The Court, splitting 5-4, struck down a District of Columbia ban on handgun possession. Although times have changed since 1791, Justice Antonin Scalia said for the majority, “it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.” (click here to read the entire post.)

Regarding the SCOTUS ruling, John McCain said;

"For the first time in the history of our Republic, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was and is an individual right as intended by our Founding Fathers."

Word for word, the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution 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."

It sounds like pretty plain language to me.

So what the hell took'em so long?


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