My Lifelong Love Affair With Guns
I have been accused of being a gun nut, someone who loves his or her guns. Perhaps there is more than just a little truth in that accusation because I really do love my guns. Guns and shooting have been two of my lifelong passions. There is some things that I love even more than my guns and that is those things that owning my guns allow me to protect—myself, my family, my friends, our country, and our freedom.
- The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
- The Supreme Court of the United States disagrees with them.
- The right of the people to keep and bear arms.
- With gun ownership comes responsibility.
- If you carry concealed...
- Why am I writing this today?
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The framers of the United States Constitution wrote as the Second Amendment to the Constitution, “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.” Those words have been the subject of more heated debates over the years than any other wording of the Constitution or of the Amendments to the Constitution. Many argue that the conditions under which the Founding Father found themselves as they framed the Constitutional Amendments no longer exist. Back then, they will argue that it was up to every citizen/soldier to defend their country's new found freedom from anyone who would deprive them of that freedom. To that purpose they needed to be guaranteed the right to own and bear arms. Today, they argue, there is no longer a need for the citizen soldier because we have the military to protect us from attacks from outside our borders and various police agencies to protects us from dangers arising within our borders. Those are the people that would like to take away all our guns and leave us defenseless.
The Supreme Court of the United States disagrees with them.
In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) the Court considered the following question: Do D.C. Code Section 7-2502.02(a)(4), which generally bars the registration of handguns; Section 22-4504(a), which bars carrying a pistol without a license; and Section 7-2507.02, which requires that all lawfully owned firearms be kept unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock, violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use in their homes?
The Court concluded that the Second Amendment does establish an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense and hunting. The Court concluded that the D.C. gun ban could not stand. At the same time, the Court recognized that the government can regulate gun rights. The Court said its decision should not be interpreted to question the right of government to: prohibit felons and the mentally ill from owning weapons, prohibit guns in schools or public buildings, ban certain categories of guns not commonly used for self-defense, and to establish certain other conditions on gun ownership.
Washington D.C. Is still throwing roadblocks in the way of law abiding citizens who are trying to execute their Second Amendment rights and I will be covering that is some future articles.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms.
“... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Does that mean that anyone should be allowed to own a weapon? Back in the day when there was frontier and a “Wild West”, yes everyone was entitled to own a gun, even convicted felons upon their release, because they were a tool of survival, but those times are no more. Today convicted felons and people with certain mental conditions are not allowed to purchase weapons of any sort and that is as it should be. If an ex felon receives a governor or presidential pardon for their crimes, should their Second Amendment Rights be restored? I think that would depend on a number of factors. Why was the pardon given? Was the man or woman wrongfully convicted? Did the person do something else that earned him or her a pardon? Every case would need to be evaluated individually.
With gun ownership comes responsibility.
I grew up in an extended family where guns were a common sight and I was taught how to handle those guns safely. Today, most states require that people undergo a hunter's safety course before they can purchase their first hunting license. Most localities make taking a pistol safety course a requirement of buying a handgun, especially those locals that require a permit even to just purchase a handgun. Those courses are good as far as they go, which is not far enough where handguns are concerned. Everyone that purchases a handgun for self defense needs to take lessons in offensive and defensive shooting. They need to shoot on a combat range until their reflexes are such that they can distinguish between a “Good Guy” and a “Bad Guy” in a heartbeat.
If you carry concealed...
If you carry concealed, sooner or later you will find yourself in a position that justifies you drawing your weapon on another human being. I do, I have, and I am not counting those times while a military security officer. Since it is not a question of if it happens but when it happens, you must know how you will respond when it happens. Unlike in the movies, most real life shootouts are over in less than a minute. In that kind of time frame there is no time to think, just to react instinctively. The best place to hone those instincts is the combat range. Even today, at 68-year old, I still spend at least one day a month on the combat range.
Why am I writing this today?
Perhaps it is because we will be celebrating the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, in a couple of days. Perhaps it is because my significant others father and I had spent part of the day yesterday on the combat range and observed a group of new pistol shooters undergoing basic instructions on the indoor range. Perhaps it is because my significant other was one of those new shooters learning how to handle new 9mm automatic.
Are you Ready to “Stand Your Ground”?
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The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012
Give us Back our M1 Carbines, Obama
The Right-to-Carry Laws in 2012
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