Guns and the Second Amendment
The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state; the right of a people to bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The US Supreme Court recently handed down decisions that the Second Amendment does in fact give individual citizens the constitutional right to bear arms.
Five Supreme Court Justices agree with this right and 97% of 7,564,151readers surveyed by USA overwhelmingly said yes to citizen’s having that right. Yet, President Obama has stated: “Just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain that right…”
Joining host Dennis McCuistion are guests:
- Bill Caruth: Chairman of Liberty Institute
- Paul Collins: University of North Texas, Professor of Political Science, and
- Tomislav V. Kovandzic; PhD: Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Texas- Dallas
Dr. Kovandzic reminds us that most scholars are also in agreement with the Second Amendment being a constitutional right. Bill Caruth agrees; “In the days the agreement was written, the Militia consisted of everyone who was of age. In times of stress they were expected to have a firearm to defend their country.” Yes, but we don’t have a citizen’s militia today – so should this amendment still apply?
The Supreme Court decision has opened the door to further debate over where does that right end, and what restrictions could or should be imposed. Join us for a lively discussion on individual rights and gun control and weigh in with your opinion. We welcome your comments.
Thank you for joining us as for the last 21 years we continue talking about things that matter with people who care…
Niki Nicastro McCuistion
1901 – 05.15.2011