Archive for the ‘Second Amendment’ Category

Supremes to Rule on Second Amendment

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

The U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear a second amendment case:

The government of Washington, D.C., is asking the court to uphold its 31-year ban on handgun ownership in the face of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the ban as incompatible with the Second Amendment. Tuesday’s announcement was widely expected, especially after both the District and the man who challenged the handgun ban asked for the high court review.

The main issue before the justices is whether the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual’s right to own guns or instead merely sets forth the collective right of states to maintain militias. The former interpretation would permit fewer restrictions on gun ownership.

It is very clear what the founders intended, although advocates of a “living constitution” don’t care much about that. I’m glad the case is being heard as it is a good opportunity for the court to finally affirm the right of individuals to bear arms. Hopefully the Roberts court will do the right thing.

The ruling could also revive gun control as a political issue, although the Democrats have more or less given up on it in recent years. If it does, it would be an advantage to the GOP.

Gun Control Support Unchanged

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Gallup Guru reports:

Two new polls conducted since the Virginia Tech shooting deaths report measures of Americans’ attitudes towards gun control. There is little evidence in either of a surge in support for gun control in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Second Amendment Victory

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

I’m a little surprised by this. Surprised, but not disapointed:

NASHVILLE — In a surprise move, a House panel voted today to repeal a state law that forbids the carrying of handguns on property and buildings owned by state, county and city governments — including parks and playgrounds.”

I think the recent Virginia disaster — or catastrophe or nightmare or whatever you want to call it — has woken up a lot of people to the need for having guns available to law-abiding citizens,” said Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. “I hope that is what this vote reflects.”

Bredesen’s Second Amendment Folly

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen apparently isn’t a big fan of the Second Amendment:

It appears that Phil Bredesen has a a beef with Senate Bill 1597 which would prohibit the Governor from confiscating weapons from law-abiding citizens or restricting the ability to purchase guns and ammunition during times of natural disaster or declared emergency. The Governor currently has this authority.

Republican Leader Mark Norris is receipt of a letter from Mary Freeman, the Governor’s Director of Legislation, requesting he “consider halting further action” on Senate Bill 1597. The missive states that the administration “disagrees with the intent of this legislation and therefore cannot support it.”

This isn’t good. The Second Amendment exists to protect Americans from bad situations. While hunting might be a nice result of the right to bear arms, the actual intent is to allow individuals to protect themselves, be it from criminals, terrorists, and even our own government. At times of nation crisis (Katrina, etc.), self protection is needed the most. That Bredesen would deny us the right to protect ourselves in such situations is scary indeed.

Haslam a Gun Grabber?

Monday, October 9th, 2006

I never would have guessed this. What the heck is Haslam thinking?