Thursday, April 19, 2007

Second Amendment!


I apologize for the delay, I’ve been busy winning baseball games:



“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.”





  • How do you interpret the 2nd amendment?


  • What are the two interpretations the courts are struggling with?


  • Who are gun laws aimed at?


  • If Virginia Tech had lifted its ban on guns on campus could this catastrophe have been avoided?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The second amendment right protects us to have the right to bear arms, there are other views on whether it is a militia that should have the right to bear arms. Micheal in class mentioned another point that would'nt a gang count as a militia? I don't agree that people are using the virginia tech institute as a posterchild for gun control. Also since most of the crimes are either gun or knife related but what people forget are the statistic that most guns used in crimes are bought illegaly, however it just so happens that this was a legal process. If we do limit the amount of guns and someone kills people in a more productive manner, then what are we to blame. We have to stop passing the blame and start giving someone the proper things instead of looking to get a profit or for whatever selfish purposes these times of chaos has on society.
Michelle Asciote

Anonymous said...

My Dad is always telling me to save my money for college. He doesn't want to spend all my money. I think he is preparing me for my future. The lesson here is that you must prepare for the things you want. If you don't have enough money in the bank you shouldn't buy a horse. Too many people get in over their heads, then they lose their lose their houses and are in more debt than ever, that is not good at all. To me this is really scary. I am very happy that my parents made all the right choices and that I live in a nice house. I get really upset when I read the man got tortured. Torture is wrong. To give drugs to someone in jail is wrong especially LSD that is illegal the charges against him were serious though and I also can see what these people "enemy combatants" house to be handled seriously, there has to be another way to get the truth out of them.
Jay Manguabt

Famous Star Edwin Genao said...

Court Rejects Strict Gun Law as Unconstitutional

This article was written before ChoSeung-Hui did all the damage in the college in Virginia. I think that the constitution is wrong. Guns should not be able to sold because they only kill people, especially those guns where the shots come out so fast and it is easy to re-load. The constitution was written years ago when everybody had guns it's not like that now.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
My Dad is always telling me to save my money for college. He doesn't want to spend all my money. I think he is preparing me for my future. The lesson here is that you must prepare for the things you want. If you don't have enough money in the bank you shouldn't buy a horse. Too many people get in over their heads, then they lose their lose their houses and are in more debt than ever, that is not good at all. To me this is really scary. I am very happy that my parents made all the right choices and that I live in a nice house. I get really upset when I read the man got tortured. Torture is wrong. To give drugs to someone in jail is wrong especially LSD that is illegal the charges against him were serious though and I also can see what these people "enemy combatants" house to be handled seriously, there has to be another way to get the truth out of them.
Jay Manguabat

said...

I think that the second amendment was written during a time of war and oppression, and the people had to gain power through state militias. I think that it was written to protect people, because when only the government has guns, they can control whatever they want. Allowing a state militia is a way to keep everything in the hands of the people.

The courts are strugging on the different interpretations of the 2nd amendment, the rights of an individual to bear arms vs. the right of the people as a whole.

Gun laws are aimed at anyone that feels like owning a gun?

I don't think that a ban on guns in campus would've made the catastrophe avoided at all. The nutjob that felt like shooting people would've bombed them instead. Or found some other disgusting gruesome thing to do. If you really want to kill a bunch of people, you can definitely find a way.

Josh Crafton said...

I have always interpreted the second amendment to mean that all citizens of the United States have the right to won a gun to protect themselves. I do have to admit though, that this interpretation is based mostly on word of mouth instead of my own understanding of what is written in the constitution.
After the events that occured at the Virginia Tech school, I realize that maybe these rights should be a bit more restricted. It is obviously too easy for people to obtain a firearm. People get guns for all the wrong reasons. So many people have used guns to inflict pain upon others without provocation instead of using them as a defense. This mass murdered was able to obtain a gun no problem and kill 32 other students.
Even if we are to place restrictions on the right ot bear arms, so many people own guns already so the problem will still remain. After such a tragedy though, maybe campuses without metal detectors or other types of security should have armed officials on campus to ensure that other events like this one do not occur.

~RitaMarie~ said...

I agree with Michelle in this. The constitution is specific taking in to consideration the time that it was written however as generations progressed there were no changes or specifications made. In my opinion this seems like another George Bush p.s...we can open your mail and invade your privacy situation. The amendment is specific in addressing groups (militia/gangs/however we are interpreting a document unedited for the time) and now that an issue is arising and it is far too late and has progressed to such a degree that its impossible to stop its kind of like "you have the right to bear arms...p.s so if you want to go on a rampage we prefer you limit it to the following states...
1)Virginia
2)Colorado...ect and we hope the college has enough money because they are screwed all ways around from the bind we legally fail to release them from."

The issue of controlling the trade of illegal guns is impossible to stop. The point of registering a gun is good and well but if the gun wasn't registered than I guess we are back to the same problem that we started with. You really think the owner of a small town local shop is going to question a young man buying one or even many guns? No. He is going to look at it ultimatly as a chance to make money. Its not his concern or even his obligation to follow through on a personal background check to make sure that the person buying the gun isn't going to use it under extreme circumstances. The world as a whole is selfish but it is the society that we have evolved into. Like would this all be an issue had the Virginia Tech shooting not occurred? Probably not because it wouldn't directly be "all that much" of a problem in the governments eyes.

Superfly said...

I agree completely with what Edwin said about the constitution being written ages ago in a time when everyone carried "guns" (guns meaning great big muskets that took an eternity to load and only fired one shot at a time and could not be concealed). We've been applying the second amendment to handguns and the lot (which, again, I must agree with Edwin when he writes that they should not be sold at all) that can be concealed (legally!) and fire thirty or whatever rounds in ten seconds. Does that not qualify as a weapon of mass destruction which leaves no room for human error or any other possibly outcome besides death? How is this appropriate? However, I suppose that this is the way of our society: More, bigger, and faster. Why do you think the criminals feel they need to roll with so many people and so many weapons? Because the police are capable of firing fifty or however many rounds per officer into them without thinking or pausing to reload. If you treat people like criminals,they will act as such.But maybe I digress into another topic...?
Suffice to say, there will never be a gun in my house. And the day they allow school security guards to carry sidearms is the day I never step foot onto a school again.

Anonymous said...

On the subject of Josh your afraid of people who obtained a gun legally because of the simple fact that they own itmost people use them for different reasons like hunting or for target practice. Most of guns used in crimes are 9 times out of 10 bought illegally.
On ritas comment I am glad someone is on myside but a gun shop owner even a small one if he does not go through every precaution to make sure that gun is set up legally then he is held I believe partially liable.