Yes, Mexico Has a 2nd Amendment – Part 1: Access to Guns

Yes, Mexico Has a 2nd Amendment – Part 1: Access to Guns

Gun Rights

American news headlines are again announcing the possibility of banning certain types of guns, amending the Second Amendment, and even a few demands for repeal of the Second Amendment. Gun enthusiast-oriented forums and organizations are offering plenty of reactive flap, but few are asking what our nation would look like if these measures are implemented. We need only look south to see one likely possibility. The Right to Keep and Bear – was changed Not many folks are aware that Mexican citizens have their own version of the Second Amendment enshrined in their country’s Constitution. In 1876, that law’s language was much like the American version, including the right to keep and bear arms. In 1971, an amendment removed the “bear” verb. Now the meaning of this “right” is curation, not use. An investigative report by CBS explored legal, civilian gun ownership in modern Mexico. This, the most recent of many references, inspired this two-part series with the purpose of motivating readers to answer some questions for themselves and their communities. The access concept Before heading south of the border, let’s venture briefly into one aspect of anti-gun logic: access. A favorite concept used by public health advocates, it’s now being applied to firearms in policy discussions. “ Guns are the new cigarettes ” for example, is an argument to push for controls similar to the ones seen on tobacco into the gun market. If this sector of the anti-gun lobby gets its way, expect to see things like […]

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