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He’s keeping and bearing his arms – “It’s a matter of interpretation.”

The recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary must serve as a turning point in this countries relationship with guns. It’s time for stricter gun control.

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The NRA has systematically fought for the WRONG interpretation of the 2nd Amendment in the interest of the Gun Manufacturing Industry, not the people, not the state, not its members: IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE, IT IS TIME FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL LAWS.

I’m not calling for a ban on all guns, I’m calling for common sense. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution 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.”

From Cornell Law:

Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment’s intended scope. On the one hand, some believe that the Amendment’s phrase “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” creates an individual constitutional right for citizens of the United States. Under this “individual right theory,” the United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional. On the other hand, some scholars point to the prefatory language “a well regulated Militia” to argue that the Framers intended only to restrict Congress from legislating away a state’s right to self-defense. Scholars have come to call this theory “the collective rights theory.” A collective rights theory of the Second Amendment asserts that citizens do not have an individual right to possess guns and that local, state, and federal legislative bodies therefore possess the authority to regulate firearms without implicating a constitutional right.

It’s time for re-interpretation, if not now, when?

 

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Ideator, Facilitator, & Early Adopter obsessed with all things social. Passionate about communities, technology & sustainability. Tea Lover. Slightly obsessed with Star Wars. Loving Husband & Father.

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