The Second Amendment states somewhat ambiguously: "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."
The first part of the Amendment supports proponents of gun control by seeming to make the possession of firearms contingent upon being a member of a state-regulated militia.
The next part is cited by opponents of gun control as a guarantee of the individual's right to possess such weapons, since he can always be called to militia service.
The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that there is no individual right to own a firearm. The Second Amendment was designed to allow states to defend themselves against a possible tyrannical national government.
Now that the federal government has stealth bombers and nuclear weapons, it is hard to imagine what people would need to keep in the garage to serve that purpose.
-- footnote Slouching Towards Gomorrah
The world's largest army... America 's hunters! A non-historian added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin .
Worth a repeat:.....................
Over the last several months Wisconsin's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.
More men under arms than in Iran.
More than France and Germany combined.
These men deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin , to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.
That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania, and Michigan's 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home safely.
Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.....And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states..It's millions more.
America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.
Hunting -- it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of national security and carries the weight of the Second Amendment to all Americans regardless of some professor's misrepresenting same.
This simple-minded slug is a perfect example of what should become known as The Obama Principle: Rising within the Leftist milieu equal to the level of your hatred of America. "Harvard historian" is pretty high, but "President of the United States" is almost as high as you can go.
The only level above president is "Chairman of Soros Fund Management".
Like that's a bad thing. I actually like that line, it would work well in a tough guy movie.
There are well over 20,000 gun laws on the books today and not one of them will prevent the next gun crime.
Laws are written to control the law-abiding. Criminals could care less.
That’s why they are called criminals!
Actually, Miller was even more in tune with a proper reading of the Second Amendment than that.
The District Court originally dismissed the charges against Miller and his co-defendant Layton, simply citing the Second Amendment.
It was the prosecution who appealed and the Supreme Court accepted a direct appeal, bypassing the Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court's ruling in Miller REJECTED the collective-right nonsense. What the Court did say was that they had no evidence to indicate whether a short-barreled shotgun was useful to a Militia, mainly because no trial had ever been held.
The Supreme Court reversed the District Court's dismissal and REMANDED the case back to that lower court. The intention was to have the trial court determine whether a short-barreled shotgun was useful to a Militia. Since short-barreled shotguns had been used in World War I, the so-called "trench gun", it would have been a piece of cake to overturn the National Firearms Act of 1934. There would have been no expectation that Miller had to be a member of a "Militia".
Unfortunately, before any action took place in the lower court, Miller died and Layton evidently copped a plea so nothing further was done with the case; with the exception that every lower court after that seemed to claim that the Miller decision established that the Second Amendment protected only state-organized Militia's. The Supreme Court committed treason in later years by failing to take cases which would right this terrible wrong.
The best way to describe Jill Lepore is “vehement”.
She vehemently hates the Tea Party. And guns. And conservatives. And the constitution.
She vehemently supports Obamacare.
These are people who would have been saying people shouldn’t be walking around with swords or knives for protection a couple hundred years ago when these were more mainstream “arms” of that day.
We didn’t have nearly as high percentage of the population back then have no morals and act as rabid animals as they do now. almost everyone was Christian or respected the principles of Christianity, were far more self-controlled than most people today. Plus justice and punishment was SWIFT in those days. Nobody sitting around trying to understand why Johhny or Jane murdered someone and there’s too may of this class of person in jail.
Nope, she would just Vote in a Democrat who will send the Brownshirts to do the job she is too scared to do. I'm still trying to get my head around the idea of a Democrat Gun Owner. How do they function in life with such an allegiance to a movement based on restricting the Rights of their fellow Citizens?
At Harvard, a pack of lies to support the anti-freedom viewpoint will probably enhance her progress to tenure if she doesn't already have it. Facts are less and less important in academia these days compared to the statist agenda. Human caused globull warming is not supported by any facts yet the liars who support it keep up their shrill cry. Gun control the same e. g. Michael A. Bellesiles Socialized medicine - "alternative energy" - the list of government bad ideas embraced by government worshipping academics is endless. They get their money in large part from the taxpayers through various government sources, and anything that empowers government at the expense of the individual looks good to them.