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Carrying the right to bear arms

April 30, 2010
By BOB WHITED
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and part of the Bill of Rights is one that protects the right to keep and bear arms. This amendment was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791. At this time, there is more disagreement and not much understanding about this right than most current issues. At present, many of our citizens are demanding that they, in fact, should have the right to carry firearms in most places. They claim that they need to protect themselves and their families in the parks and malls, and certainly at home and in their vehicles, and many believe they should really be able to carry guns anywhere. Now, I agree that a gun for protection at home should be permitted and also in a vehicle if you are stranded or a car-jacking occurs. Before even thinking of carrying a gun for protection, though, you should be able to operate, maintain and have at least the basic knowledge of gun safety and have actually fired your personal firearm. Some will not have that knowledge. My thoughts are that is where it should end. The Second Amendment reads as follows: “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.” We must remember that this was adopted in 1791 and in a much different country than today. There are many people who want to carry, and many who already carry, firearms most anywhere. There are also many reasons they have for carrying. As we mentioned before, one reason is for self defense. Guns can be valuable to simply defend oneself no matter how big or strong the assailant may be. Some 46 percent of gun owners report owning guns for protection from crime. But there are other people who carry guns and are simply looking for trouble to happen. Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck reports that guns are used defensively about one million times per year. Ninety-eight percent of those times, not a single shot is fired. The criminal usually runs away at the first sight of a gun. A very important question to ask anyone is, is it safe not to have a gun in your house? One of Thomas Jefferson’s explanations of the Second Amendment way back then was “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Wow! We have to remember that back in 1791 things were so different. George Washington even called firearms the “people’s liberty teeth.” The Brady Law is a federal law requiring instant background checks on prospective gun owners. A background check must be performed on that person in order to ascertain whether or not that person is prohibited from owning firearms due to past criminal actions. Everybody seems to have different thoughts on the Second Amendment and should have that right. Only you know how you feel about this issue.
 
 
 

 

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