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Second Amendment: Know the facts about gun rights

Editor:

The anti-gun people always tell us that we donít need to own a firearm because the police will protect us. I donít think so! This is one of the biggest lies the anti-gunners continue to spread across our country. You probably wonder what facts Iíve got to prove my belief. Below are just a few.

In 1978, a District of Columbia Superior Court ruled: ďa government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular individual citizen.Ē In 1981 the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled: ďThe duty to provide public services is owed to the public at large, and, absent any special relationship between the police and an individual, no specific legal duty exists.Ē Both these court rulings are telling us that the police have no duty to protect us, as individuals. Who, then, protects you, if the police have no duty to do so? The answer is you must defend and protect yourself and your family.

The city of Washington D.C. banned any weapons in the home, for personal protection, for many years. I need to be honest here. They did allow firearms as long as they were inoperable or taken apart, as to render their immediate use for self-defense useless. During those same years, it was a crime to use a firearm in self-defense. A Supreme Court decision in 2008 (Heller decision) struck down the cityís handgun ban and its decision to make any firearm not usable for immediate self-defense. The Supreme Court ruled in 2010, McDonald v. Chicago, that the protection of the second amendment was extended to every corner of the USA.

In my book, this gives us the law-abiding citizen the right to self-defense with a firearm. People need to understand that the Second Amendment preserves their choice to defend themselves with firearms against criminal violence.

The gun-ban crowd would like you and me to believe that the police have a duty to protect us, as individuals. Now you know the lie! The next time you hear someone telling the police protection lie, you need to speak up and stop the lie. You also need to register to vote and vote against those politicians that would take your Second Amendment rights away from you.

Richard Kazmark
Springville
Springville Field & Stream Club Member


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2013-11-05 | 22:17:53
gun rights
the 2nd amendment can rationally be interpreted to imply that you, as a citizen are by nature the militia,and not just entitled, but obligated by duty to pocess and be ready to use in defence of self and country, firearms.
2013-11-06 | 03:14:58
Second Amendment: Broken Down
Amendment II: "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. Regulated (well-regulated): In this case, to bring order (as in an orderly, organized militia). being necessary to the security of a FREE state: In this case, to maintain and ensure the state's security (as in the freedom of the people, as the United States is a government of the people-all people) the right of the people to keep and bear arms: citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. (Rights are absolute; not a privileged or conditional permissive agreement between an individual and a government.) Shall not be infringed: Infringed: in the 1790's, this term was used to mean 'to defeat or invalidate.' In short, the Second Amendment means that because an orderly, organized militia is necessary for the security of the state and its citizens, citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, and this right shall not be invalidated. Any way to limit people from this right in basic form are no less guilty of tyranny than those who attempt to limit free speech or illegally seize evidence.
2013-11-08 | 13:31:06
Be practical
Regardless of your gun ownership point of view, consider the practical aspect of "time". It takes time for even the most diligent police officers to respond to a call. That might be 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10... Try this - sit down with a clock and watch 5 minutes go by. While you are doing that, consider that the criminal is doing what he wants with your house, you, your family, while you are waiting the arrival of the police. A few minutes is a long time. The police will try to protect you, but they don't live in your house, or next door. Police protection is a good idea theoretically, but the fact of "time" gets in the way of theory.