Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:39:13 AM
What occurred in Newtown is a horrible and tragic event. The response by many American – there should be gun restrictions. So what does this really mean? As a conservative republican and I follow a specific ideology. Especially since I’m a hunter, I don’t believe there should be gun restrictions at all. I also don’t believe there has been a more important time in American history for the 2nd Amendment to be upheld to the fullest degree than right now! Bearing in mind the intent of it’s authors and the ones who ratified it. The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess and carry firearms. In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions officially establishing this interpretation. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. In dicta, the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government. It would be better off finding solutions rather than "controlling" guns. What we find is that such laws punish the innocent law abiding gun owners and criminals of course ignore such laws. Overall, my stance is to keep the 2nd amendment with no restrictions on it but find a solution to this madness that has surfaced. People need to look at the big picture. There have been mass murders before Newtown and now it’s more important to abolish the 2nd amendment? I just feel like people need to really understand and read the 2nd amendment. There should not be any restrictions on it but keep it the same or find solutions. Terrible tragedy of Newtown, but we need to look at the bigger picture. Was the 2nd amendment part of the American dream for people? Is it still something people value as an essential to get to their American Dream? Therefore, these were my thoughts on the Newtown and my stance on “gun-control”.