The Issue Of Gun Ownership

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Despite the harms associated with handguns, the Second Amendment, which states that “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”, protects the private ownership of them. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled against gun bans or regulations as violating the 2nd amendment. In the landmark ruling Heller vs. District of Columbia in 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that a thirty-two year ban on the private ownership of handguns in the District of Columbia was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court decided that the Second Amendment implies that the government cannot enact an outright ban on commonly held weapons or prevent citizens from having a gun at home for lawful uses. The decision D.C. vs. Heller means that gun ownership is as individual right protected by the Constitution is now settled law. Although supporters of a gun ban may argue that the caveat preceding the Second Amendment (“a well regulated Militia”) implies that the amendment pertains only to the the late 1700s. The chair of the Rutherford Institute, White, explains that this is not the case, because the reading of the Constitution must evolve in order to reflect the needs of today’s citizens. Although the militias of 1776 do not exist, the Second Amendment is not inapplicable. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution wrote that, “As a guide in applying the provisions of the Constitution . . . . the…

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