Local goes to D.C. to defend 2nd Amendment

Local goes to D.C. to defend 2nd Amendment

Gina Roberts speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court last month. VC resident Gina Roberts spoke on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. June 26 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision D.C. v. Heller. That high court decision held, for the first time, that the 2nd Amendment applies not just to groups, but to individuals as well. The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, “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.” For many years, some legal scholars, politicians and jurists had argued that the “well-regulated militia” was the operative section of the amendment, and that the right to bear arms was tied up in belonging to a militia, i.e. the ability to keep arms so that one could spring to the community’s defense as the colonial “Minutemen” did. The Heller decision turned that interpretation on its head by concluding that the “right of the people” was the operative phrase. Roberts was one of several speakers at the event, which was organized by the 2nd Amendment Institute, and run by Tyler Yzaguirre, president of the group. Another speaker was Dick Heller, the “Heller” of the court case, who sued to overturn a District of Columbia law that in essence prevented him from owning a firearm. “I was asked to be one of the speakers mainly because I was in […]

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