What does the Second Amendment say about gun rights and what it does not say?
The 2nd Amendment was ratified on December 17, 1791, along with the other nine amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. While it is a very short amendment, its exact meaning in terms of what types of weapons are protected and what constitutes a well-regulated militia is still in contention today.
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.
What it says is a WELL REGULATED militia has the right to keep and bear arms.
It doesn’t say what the age limit should be.
It doesn’t say all guns.
It DOES say WELL REGULATED, meaning, or opening the door to background checks and regulated by the government.
I’m a gun owner and don’t take the responsibility lightly. I’m also a Republican but I have common sense.
Here are my proposed gun reform laws:
The age limit to buy a gun is 21 years old
An extensive background check is to be conducted.
There is a 30-45 day waiting period while the background checks are taking place before you get your gun.
All assault-type weapons are banned.
Red Flad laws are in place in every state.
If we just did half of these things we could save countless lives. But our government, one side of the government is not acknowledging that the Amendment says well regulated, regulated means by the government who sets the laws.
Regulated means there are laws which mean there are standards that have to be met. So nothing in my plan steps on the Constitution. The only big argument some would have is the assault weapons but there again it says the government regulates who owns the guns. It can very well regulate that no one can own the guns, but it doesn’t mean all guns.
Many of you in other countries are highly regulated when it comes to guns and I have no doubt you don’t have mass shootings. Here in America, some have taken what was written by our forefathers’ to say that all guns are allowed to anyone with no standards in place. That’s not what I read.
When our forefathers wrote well regulated they made it clear how guns could be owned and overseen by the government. What part of that line is hard to read or understand, it’s very clear to me what well-regulated means. But our politicians take no responsibility and say we want to stomp the Second Amendment rights and do nothing. They block every type of gun control law passed by their desk.
How many more children will die because of this ignorance?