Open Carry

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Open Carry: Homeland Defense Aid or Hindrance Milliahn Valentino Wilmington University Armed and ready, the Miracle family of Sterling Heights, Michigan is fully prepared to take on any terrorist threat. Like a growing number of Americans, they believe such readiness, including a house with 25 firearms, is their civic duty. According to Lee Miracle, “We see preparedness as like having a fire extinguisher – you never want to use it, but it is there”. Lee Miracle also believes in his right to bear arms as provided in the US constitution. He, along with others, feels that by openly carrying their weapons they are standing on the front lines of America’s homeland defense. (Alison, 2010) Lee and his family are members of a militia that…show more content…
He estimated that based on the country's population at the time, a federal standing army could not field more than 25,000 - 30,000 men. "To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence." "Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (The Federalist Papers) Thomas Jefferson, author of The Declaration of Independence also supported the second amendment. In a letter to William Stephens Smith, Jefferson noted "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." Gun control proponents have argued that the use of the word "people" refers not to the civilian population of the

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