U.S. Supreme Court Says Americans Have Right To Firearms

I’m always torn between the old saying that if guns are prohibited then only the criminals will be armed and the reality that the more guns we have in our society the more shootings there will be – so guns should be banned or at least discouraged.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court came down firmly on the side of the right of Americans to own firearms, and to keep them handy for self-defense.

The case was all about Washington DC, where guns have been banned for 32 years.

Yet in 2006 that city was ranked #7 in murder rate, #10 in robberies and #13 in the overall violent crime rate in the entire USA.

Here is the big test: now that DC residents are allowed to own and carry handguns legally, will the rate of violence increase or drop off the charts as happened in a few states that adopted “concealed carry” laws for good citizens?

Here you go… hot off the press, er… web…

Supreme Court Says Americans Have Right To Guns

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense in their homes, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.

The court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms restrictions intact.

The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: “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.”

The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that an individual right to bear arms is supported by “the historical narrative” both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.

The Constitution does not permit “the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home,” Scalia said. The court also struck down Washington’s requirement that firearms be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled, but left intact the licensing of guns…

… continue reading this article at Associated Press (link here)

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7 responses to “U.S. Supreme Court Says Americans Have Right To Firearms

  1. BGR

    The right to own firearms have always been part of americans pysche. It stem from the wild west days defending themselves from robbers, indians and wild animals. It way a way of life for them. Double with the fact gun manufactuers were making enormous profits off gun sales then and now so a judgement like this is not surprising. The gun lobbyists will always push the sentimental line -the ‘right to own firearms’.
    More guns in citizens hands does not necessarily make a country safe.
    Our policy here works for us even if a bit discriminating.

  2. Straight talk

    A gun has only one purpose…. to kill.

    Forget all the blarney surrounding it, if ever used for its intended purpose it will take life.

    Ban them all.

    Life imprisonment for illegal owners.

    Make the world a better place.

    **************

    BFP says,

    How are you going to enforce it if you ban all guns?

  3. 8363538.76.46.85.00.32

    I’ve shot thousands and thousands of rounds in target shooting,
    not one round ever accompanied by any sort of malevolence or negativity.
    Had great fun. Met nice people.
    Most target pistols and rifles are made for target shooting not killing.

    Maybe the original gun back in Noah’s time was for killing game to put dinner on the table
    but happily things have evolved slightly since then.
    The Earth now revolves around the sun.

    Simplistic views painting things with a broad brush get nowhere.

    “Knives were made to cut”? therefore all knives are dangerous?
    Let’s ban all knives?

    Cars make GREAT weapons,too.
    Let’s ban cars!
    Cars can take out several people in one go!

    ——————
    Please!
    The cat is already out of the bag.
    Guns are simple mechanical machines to make.
    They are prolific.
    Banning them will solve nothing.

    The key to this problem(and all human problems) is education
    way beyond mere ABC123 education.

  4. crossroads

    Guns don’t kill people,……people kill people

  5. Adrian Hinds

    As long as i have a right to defend myself, i will have the right to own a gun.

  6. BA88/98

    “guns prohibited here”

    equals

    “unarmed victims zone”

  7. Trini

    The day you Americans live in a corrupt society that is plagued with crime (All gun offences) like in Trinidad & Tobago, is the day you will understand how lucky you are.

    Oh trinidad the only persons that can carry guns are the few Police, Soldiers and large criminals population.