My Turn: The Second Amendment is not an absolute right

My Turn: The Second Amendment is not an absolute right

There have been any number of letters and op-ed pieces about guns, their place in our society, who has the right to own them and if any of these firearms can or should be regulated. This piece is not so much about my opinion, but perhaps an outline for the parameters on a discussion on understanding that the Second Amendment is not an absolute right without allowable limitations. So here are some quotes relating to this issue: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.” “Through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” “The majority of the 19th century courts to consider the question held that prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons were lawful under the Second Amendment or state analogues.” “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” “Another important limitation on the right to keep and carry arms. Prohibiting the carrying of “dangerous and unusual weapons.” If you think this was written by some left-leaning, anti-gun group, you’re wrong. If you think this is part of the Democratic National Committee’s platform, you’re wrong. And if you […]

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