Turns out he was a born and raised gun owner. Glad to see some celebs are standing up to the liberal fascism of Hollywood.
Turns out he was a born and raised gun owner. Glad to see some celebs are standing up to the liberal fascism of Hollywood.
The English language is a living language, what this means is over time, the meaning of some words change. This can happen over a few years, decades, or centuries.
A recent example of this is the word gay. Ask most younger people what does gay mean, and they will tell you homosexual. Ask older people, and you will get a different answer. I means great time, happy, fun.
Many people are unable to look past their own lifetimes for the meaning of a word or phrase. Most of the time it’s not a big problem. Other times it is. Such as understanding the meaning of a document that is a few centuries old.
Which brings us to the 2nd amendment.
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.
As defined by todays definition:
A well (controlled by the government) (military) being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
This however is not the intent as written. You would need to define the statement using 18th century terms, this is when it was written after all. Then reword it to match the 18th century intent with todays definition.
A well trained and well equipped populace, being necessary for a free country in which all of the populace has liberty, the natural law and morally correct rule of the populace to be able to own and carry any weapon deemed appropriate for a modern foot soldier, shall not be limited, regulated, ruled, questioned, or legislated in any way by any government.
Not to mention that the militia clause is only a justification, not a limitation on the actual statement which is “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The reason offered as to WHY this statement is made, does not change the actual content or meaning of the statement its self.
Alright kids, I see a lot of people going back and forth about guns and gun control. However, people who seem to know aboslutley nothing about the subject also seem to be the loudest.
So, here’s the deal-
You are not qualified to talk about gun control if one or more of the items on this list apply to you:
- You use the term “assault weapon” to describe firearms.
- You don’t understand the difference between semi-automatic and select fire.
- You think the AR in AR-15 stands for “assault rifle”.
- You refer to AR-15s as assault rifles.
- You refer to any semi-automatic weapon as an “assault rifle”
- You use the term “gun-nut.”
- Your knowledge of firearms is entirely based on movies and video games (Call of Duty, Act of Valor).
- You use the term “high-powered” to describe a firearm.
- You think a rifle’s lethality is determined by things such as collapsible stocks, barrel shrouds, flash hiders, and pistol grips.
- You don’t understand the difference in calibers of ammunition. Example, why you shouldn’t fire 5.56 out of a firearm chambered in .223.
- You base firearm ownership on what a person “needs”, when there is no legal precedent for need, especially for constitutional rights.
- You think the Constitution ‘gives’ you your rights.
- You have ever fought against internet censorship, but fought for gun control.
- You have ever used the 1st Amendment to defend your right to something, while saying that the 2nd Amendment is outdated and needs to go.
- You have ever said or that the Constitution needed to be scrapped.
- You aren’t familiar with the practice of carrying magazines and reloading a firearm, but support magazine round limitations as effective means of gun control.
- You believe “well-regulated” means ‘government controlled.’ Lrn2 18th century context.
- You think the 2nd Amendment only applies to muskets, but the 1st Amendment is a living breathing document that protects text messages, emails, and electronic communication in general.
- You don’t know what a militia is, or you believe the National Guard means we have no need for the right to form militias
- You voted for/support Dianne Feinstein, Carolyn McCarthy, or Michael Bloomberg.
- You continuously ask gun owners to compromise, yet offer nothing in return other than “letting them keep their guns”
- You have ever used the phrase “common sense gun control” in support of an assault weapons ban, magazine limitation, or registration push.
- You think an assault weapons ban would have prevent school shootings. See- Columbine.
- You think government enforced prohibitions work in any shape or form.
- You’re unaware of the fact that mandatory background checks are already law.
- Your main source of news is either MSNBC or FOX.
- You think the Second Amendment has anything at all to do with protecting slavery.
- You get your talking points from the wealthy and media elite who all have their own heavily armed security.
Reblog so the message gets across.
Thank you, have a nice day.
Democrat State Representative fought off two would be robbers using his concealed carry handgun.
The fundamental difference between a citizen and a subject is well demonstrated here.
As a new shooter, you’ve probably got a lot of questions about gun laws, and the extent of your gun rights. I can’t answer every question regarding the extensive piles of gun laws and regulations, much less their variations state by state, and God help you if you’re not in the U.S. I can however give you a few basics.
Let’s start with gun rights. The right to own a weapon goes back even further than the advent of firearms. Simply put, self defense is a natural human right. It is not bestowed by a government, it is inherent in being born a human being. A government can restrict, or deny those rights by force and by law, but rights still fundamentally exist. I don’t encourage people to go around breaking the law, but if a law is wrong, it’s your duty to work toward changing the law.
The U.S. Constutition includes in it the first ten amendments which are referred to as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights, serves as a recognition and a protection of human rights that are forbidden from being intruded upon. It does not serve to GRANT these rights, only acknowledge that they already exist. The 2nd amendment of the Bill of Rights states “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.”
Although some attempts to argue that the justification clause provides a limit to the actual statement of the 2nd amendment, a simple observation that the justification clause does not make a complete statement, nor have any language restricting the functional statement, merely provides explanation as to its necessity. In short the 2nd Amendment states as an absolute “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” and includes a reasoning for it “Because a well equipped population is necessary to the security of a free state.” For further explanation see my previous article “What a difference a comma makes.”
Simply put, defending yourself is a human right, and a weapon provides anyone the means to do that. Before it was guns it was bows, swords, knives, and clubs. Other uses for firearms are simply extras. The world is fundamentally a violent place, and even without humanity would continue to be such. Therefore it is entirely reasonable for every person of sound mind, who chooses to do so, to own a weapon.
Now, moving along to the law. In the U.S. to own a gun one needs only to not be a felon, or mentally incompetent. The first is fairly obvious. Don’t commit felonies. It is possible for those who’ve committed nonviolent felonies to petition to have their rights restored after a period of time though. The second is much more specific. Mental incompetence isn’t simply having a minor mental issue (such as depression), it’s a specific situation of being declared by a judge to be incapable of being responsible for one’s own actions.
You can own as many handguns and long guns as you wish, so long as the guns themselves are not one of a few restricted types. Most guns do not need to be registered or licensed with the exception of a few states or municipalities. In order to purchase a gun, unless buying person to person, you’ll have an instant background check performed. These generally take 30 minutes and will check your background for the above mentioned felonies and mental competence. Most people pass immediately. Felons will be rejected, and in a few instances a delay can occur. Delays generally come up when there’s difficulty in verifying your identity, such as if someone who is a felon has the same name as you, or you have an expunged felony that requires further investigation.
Once your background check is clear you’re free to go home with your new firearm. In your own home, and on your own property your gun is in no way restricted. You can carry it, hang it up, store it, or do as you please with it. If you live within city limits, most cities have an ordinance against firing a gun inside city limits. If you own private property outside of the city however you can fire it on your own property all you please, as long as you have a good solid backstop to keep shots from going off of your property. If you do live within the city, you’ll need to find a place to shoot. There are both public and private ranges, as well as hunting grounds, and various other areas where one can shoot. Getting your gun to these places will of course involve transporting it. For transporting firearms see http://handgunlaws.us for laws involving guns in cars. In some states your car is considered part of your home, and thus you’re not restricted in how you can transport your gun in your car. Other states have specific laws for transporting firearms.
Next let’s talk about carrying your gun. Most states have at least some form of concealed carry license. In a few states, such as Arizona, there is no requirement to be licensed to carry a gun, ownership of the gun its self is enough. Others require anything from a simple background check, to extensive training to get a license. Again, consult http://handgunlaws.us to find out. Many states have reciprocity with one another, meaning that your license to carry a concealed firearm will be valid in those states as well. Some states also have open carry laws which permit the carrying of a gun that is visible. Many do not require concealed carry licenses in order to open carry, but some do. Again, check your local laws.
Now let’s talk about those previously mentioned restricted guns. These are guns that you either can’t legally own, or have to jump through a few legal hoops to own.
Machine Guns: The National Firearms Act requires that a $200 tax stamp and an additional background check be performed in order to own a machine gun. Additionally in 1986 a complete ban was placed on the manufacture of new machine guns for civilian purchase. This means only machine guns manufactured prior to 1986 can be purchased, and this limitation means that in addition to the tax stamp, machine guns are extremely expensive. A lot of people aren’t aware of this, and falsely believe any gun that looks a certain way is a machine gun, but that is not so.
Short Barrel Rifles and Shotguns: the NFA also requires a $200 tax stamp to own a shotgun with a barrel shorter than 18” or a rifle with a barrel under 16”. Short barreled shotguns are fairly straightforward. If you want one, submit your paperwork and your $200, then wait for your tax stamp, and then manufacture or purchase your short barreled shotgun. The stamp must remain with the gun at all times, so it’s recommended to engrave the stamp’s number directly into the gun.
A short barreled rifle is similar, however it also includes not only rifles that have been shortened, but also pistols which have a buttstock added to them. Keep this in mind if you want a buttstock on a pistol, it will also need an NFA stamp.
However if you wish to convert a pistol INTO a full length rifle, (such as with an AR), an NFA stamp is not necessary so long as it has both a buttstock AND a barrel greater than 16” at the same time, thus making it an ordinary rifle. The weapon should not be fully assembled during the conversion as to avoid any illegal configuration in between. However you can not do the inverse. If a gun is manufactured as a rifle, you can not make it into a pistol, only a short barrel rifle.
If a gun is manufactured based on a rifle platform (such as an AR), but was never manufactured in a rifle configuration (never had a barrel longer than 16” AND never had a buttstock) then it is legally a pistol, and not a short barrel rifle.
There are a few means of skirting the barrel length restrictions. If you have a permanantly affixed muzzle device (Such as a muzzle brake, flash suppressor, or silencer) that CAN NOT BE REMOVED, then the length of that muzzle device is also considered part of the barrel’s length.
Also called silencers or mufflers, these devices reduce the noise produced by shooting a firearm by trapping the expanding gas at the muzzle. Contrary to what you see in the movies, they don’t make a gun totally silent. They do however make the sound much less obnoxious to your neighbors, and less damaging to your hearing. Generally these serve the purpose of safety and civility more than anything else. However they too are restricted. You need another $200 NFA tax stamp to own a suppressor. Fortunately, it’s the suppressor its self that is registered and not the firearm, thus you can buy one suppressor and use it on multiple guns in the same caliber. Some multi caliber suppressors are being made now as well, making them much more economical. As more and more people realize the practicality of suppressors, they are becoming more popular. You can also build your own suppressor if you’re handy enough, but again, you need an NFA stamp for it to be legal.
High Explosives: These are generally illegal unless you have an explosives license, which involves extensive education and training. I don’t consider these a firearms topic, so I’m not going to get into these.
I hope this post has helped some beginners get a grasp on the basics of firearms laws, NFA, concealed carry, and their rights to own weapons. Of course there’s a lot more to know out there, and I recommend researching the laws for where you live and where you plan to go. Remember that we gun owners must be good stewards, so remember to exercise your rights politely and respectfully.