18 November 2013
A Standard Model for Gun Control Is gun control worth the potential cost of our freedoms and can or will it come to a complete forfeiture of our Second Amendment rights? The loss of our Second Amendment rights would be a total travesty of justice for there is no room for error especially in light of our worldly circumstance today. We have so very much to lose in our precedent as a world leader. This is a topic that is of direct interest to everyone everywhere. With victims of school shootings and gun violence so prevalent in the world and in the media today every American is forced to have an opinion on the America’s Constitutional Second Amendment and what it means to them. Our international onlookers judge for themselves what is going on in America and observe with keen interest our closely guarded right to keep and bear arms as American citizens.
"The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." (Tench Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.) The interpretation of the “Standard Model” of the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual Americans to own and carry firearms. This interpretation represents a part of American history that is foundational to the Second Amendment and that many collective rights theorists would prefer to erase. The collective rights theory is that arms are only to be used in connection with a militia. The history of America and its creation of the Constitution, as well as its Bill of Rights, is so fundamentally important to us today in preserving our civil liberties, that it is paramount we resist the temptation to avoid or eradicate any part of this important history with all of its milestones. If there were one message on the Second Amendment that should be conveyed, it would be to learn of our American Constitutional history in the
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