ALEXANDER: New York Law Seeks To Narrow Second Amendment’s Scope

ALEXANDER: New York Law Seeks To Narrow Second Amendment’s Scope

I always find it curious to see the lengths that gun control states are willing to go to limit the full reach of the Second Amendment, and how uninformed many state and federal officials are concerning the purpose of the 2nd Amendment: To allow citizens the ability to protect themselves from the government, and to allow citizens the opportunity to protect themselves when the government fails to protect them. As Thomas Jefferson said,“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” (Thomas Jefferson, letter to William S. Smith, 1787). So, with the tyranny of King George III fresh and in the forefront of their minds, the Founders intended the 2nd Amendment to limit the government’s power to restrict weapons, not the citizens’ right to possess weapons, weapons which may be necessary to protect themselves from the government . Let’s recall that the Supreme Court has not directly addressed the issue of gun rights since its landmark rulings in 2008 and 2010. The 2008 Heller decision held that the right to keep and bear arms was both a collective (military and law enforcement) right as well as an individual right. The 2010 McDonald decision simply held that the Due Process Clause of the 14 th Amendment extended to the states and municipalities the 2nd Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms. Pending now is another example of this effort to limit […]

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