The right to bear arms? Not anymore... and it's about time.Marvin the Martian 21 comments
A New Jersey court recently decided a case that has far reaching consequences for all Americans. The right to bear arms is no longer a fundamental right. While the court did not say that guns should be outlawed, although they should have, they did stipulate that those who wish to poses a handgun should have law enforcement approval and permission in advance.
What this decision means is that the second amendment is not dead, but now has a more focused legal framework to guide its enforcement and application. That an individual wishes to have a weapon is still protected under the constitution, but that the right to bear arms should carry, at a minimum, a license and/or clearance to do so.
While the majority of countries in the western world already posses some kind on federal gun control registry, the United States misplaced obsession with their fundamental right to bear arms has been for decades linked to the increased homicides in that country.
In previous articles, I have written about the governments decision to allow individuals to carry a concealed weapon into public places. This includes hospitals, public parks and even airports.
I have always been outspoken about gun control. In fact I believe that no one outside of the military or law enforcement should ever be allowed to carry a weapon in public. There is simply no compelling reason to do so.
A New Jersey judge says a quadriplegic blocked from buying a gun to go hunting has the right to bear arms even though he will have to use a wheelchair mount to use the firearm.
I applaud the higher courts decision to implement at the minimum a license. This use of and fascination with guns in the U.S. will be its undoing. How can you teach people to turn the other cheek, when you know a gun is pointing right at you?
Some may argue that if you have a gun, you have better protection against an assailant. Some argue that guns don't kill people, people kill people and so on. The fact of the matter is that the United States has a disproportionate number of gun related deaths. The number of available guns also contributes to gang violence and terrorism as weapons are easier to purchase both legally and illegally.
What is the more appalling part of this is a related story that I believe illustrates my point perfectly.
Here is the excerpt from Huffington Post (original article here)