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By Linda R. Monk | May 7, 1999
ANOTHER springtime mass murder, another ritual invocation of the Second Amendment. The problem: Few conservatives or liberals really understand what it means."
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April 18, 2013
"We think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone. " - National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, May 27, 1999. Let's get one thing straight about the Senate's failure Wednesday to support a too-modest extension of the national background check system for gun buyers to cover sales at gun shows and over the Internet.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff writer | February 12, 1992
Sen. Larry E. Haines wants to guarantee law-abiding Maryland citizens a privilege that many mistakenly believe they already have -- the right to keep and bear arms.Haines, R-Carroll, Baltimore, is sponsoring a bill that would amend the state constitution to provide citizens "the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family,home, and state, and for hunting and recreational use."Although the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteesthe right to keep and bear arms to maintain an effective militia, courts have ruled that it does not apply to individuals' rights.
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February 21, 2013
I'm having a hard time understanding, "taking guns out of the hands of those who have a mental problem. " Anyone who would shoot someone has a mental problem, and if there wasn't any indication of any prior behavior, who's to know? Personally, I would abolish all guns except hunting rifles and shot guns. Are we still living in the days of cowboys and Indians that we need to protect our homes? Of all the people who have a gun in there home, are they really frightful of someone breaking in?
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 30, 2000
SAN ANGELO, Texas - In the debate over the constitutional right to bear arms, Timothy Joe Emerson is an unlikely protagonist. He's no Charlton Heston. Not even close. Broke and living with his 80-year-old dad, Emerson is a physician who bounced from one job to another until he opened a medical practice in this Texas plains town. He's a father trapped in a nasty divorce who has been barred from seeing his daughter for 11 months. But it is Emerson's possession of a handgun during an argument with his ex-wife and the federal court case that followed that have attracted the attention of legal scholars and historians across the country.
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March 14, 1991
"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."--Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution Barring a miracle, the General Assembly will not outlaw assault weapons in its present session. Once more, the gun lobby, in the form of the National Rifle Association and its various affiliates, has prevailed, not by virtue of its superior reasoning but rather by means of its deeper pockets.As always, the NRA relied heavily on the theory that the Second Amendment, quoted in its entirety above, constitutes an absolute right of citizens "to keep and bear arms."
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By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 19, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" finally had its day in the Supreme Court yesterday, and the long-held view that it protects the rights of gun owners appeared poised to win a historic victory. Five justices, a bare majority, signaled that they believe the amendment gives individuals a right to have a gun for self-defense. It is not limited to arms for "a well-regulated militia" for the common defense, they said. By adopting that view, the justices probably will strike down the nation's strictest gun-control law, a ban on handguns in the District of Columbia.
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By Jules Witcover | October 22, 2001
WASHINGTON - Both sides in the fight over the constitutional right to bear arms are claiming victory in a federal appeals court decision in Texas that says there is an individual right to own a gun but that limitations can be placed on it. The gun lobby, headed by the National Rifle Association, is pointing to the 2-1 decision as affirmation of its view that the Second Amendment bestows the right on a personal basis rather than only collectively....
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By Cal Thomas | May 22, 2002
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Gun control advocates are upset over Attorney General John Ashcroft's declaration recently, outlined in a legal brief before the Supreme Court, that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms irrespective of any ties to a state militia. Editorials in The New York Times and The Washington Post denounced Mr. Ashcroft as flying in the face of history and legal precedent. In fact, Mr. Ashcroft has the law and history on his side.
NEWS
December 26, 1999
Amendment's right to bear arms refers to militiasIn order to understand how complete has been the takeover of the asylum by the inmates, one only has to consider how gun lobby misinformation has contributed to the current public misunderstanding of the Second Amendment.Each time employees of the National Rifle Association (federal, state and local politicians) argue the case for gun ownership, they patriotically parrot the phrase "the right to keep and bear arms.In fact, this phrase, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, is chiseled on the wall at the NRA national headquarters in Washington.
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By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,Tribune Newspapers | October 1, 2009
WASHINGTON - -The Supreme Court set the stage for a historic ruling on gun rights and the Second Amendment by agreeing Wednesday to hear a challenge to Chicago's ban on handguns. At issue is whether state and local gun-control ordinances can be struck down as violating the "right to keep and bear arms" in the Second Amendment. A ruling on the issue, expected by summer, could open the door to legal challenges to gun-control measures in other cities and states. The case also will decide whether the Second Amendment protects a broad constitutional right, similar to the First Amendment right to free speech or the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
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By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 19, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" finally had its day in the Supreme Court yesterday, and the long-held view that it protects the rights of gun owners appeared poised to win a historic victory. Five justices, a bare majority, signaled that they believe the amendment gives individuals a right to have a gun for self-defense. It is not limited to arms for "a well-regulated militia" for the common defense, they said. By adopting that view, the justices probably will strike down the nation's strictest gun-control law, a ban on handguns in the District of Columbia.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 17, 2008
You have no right to read this. The First Amendment gives me the right to write it but doesn't necessarily give you the right to read it. Or so I was once told by an attorney. While the right to free speech certainly implies a corresponding right to hear what is being spoken, he said, the First Amendment doesn't explicitly grant such a right. So theoretically, it could be argued that no such right exists. The key word being "theoretically." As a practical matter, the freedom to read whatever we choose is such an intrinsic part of our national character as to make legal theory superfluous.
NEWS
November 28, 2007
An individual right to keep, bear arms It appears that some law professors are even more adept at twisting the Constitution than the pro-gun scholars Kenneth Lasson takes to task ("Pro-gun scholars twist Constitution," Opinion Commentary, Nov. 21). The key phrase of the Second Amendment concerns "the right of the people" to bear arms. By concluding that "of the people" refers to a collective right, Mr. Lasson undercuts other constitutional rights reserved to the individual. Should our First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights, and the right to elect representatives and senators (each of which are granted specifically to "the people")
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By New York Times News Service | May 6, 2007
In March, for the first time in the nation's history, a federal appeals court struck down a gun-control law on Second Amendment grounds. Only a few decades ago, the decision would have been unimaginable. There used to be an almost complete scholarly and judicial consensus that the Second Amendment protects only a collective right of the states to maintain militias. That consensus no longer exists - thanks largely to the work over the past 20 years of several leading liberal law professors, who have come to embrace the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns.
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By G. Jefferson Price III and G. Jefferson Price III,PERSPECTIVE EDITOR | October 19, 2003
THANKS to New York Times columnist Bob Herbert for revealing to us that the National Rifle Association has an enemies list, though that's not what they call it. A spokesman for the NRA told Herbert the list is compiled just so members will "know which organizations support the rights of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, and which organizations didn't." Herbert is on the list, but, darn it, I'm not. The Baltimore Sun is on the list, thank heavens. So is Sun cartoonist Mike Lane.
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By G. Jefferson Price III and G. Jefferson Price III,PERSPECTIVE EDITOR | October 19, 2003
THANKS to New York Times columnist Bob Herbert for revealing to us that the National Rifle Association has an enemies list, though that's not what they call it. A spokesman for the NRA told Herbert the list is compiled just so members will "know which organizations support the rights of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms, and which organizations didn't." Herbert is on the list, but, darn it, I'm not. The Baltimore Sun is on the list, thank heavens. So is Sun cartoonist Mike Lane.
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By Robin Branch | February 15, 1993
JUST because the gun lobby is always on the brink of apoplexy doesn't mean it doesn't have a genuine grievance from time to time. Take the case of Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's attempt to make a mockery of the U.S. Constitution by limiting purchases of handguns in Virginia by an individual to one handgun per month.Actually, that's Governor Wilder's apparent attempt to make a mockery of the U.S. Constitution, but can you believe it? One handgun per month?And on what flimsy grounds does the governor make this ludicrous proposal?
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By Cal Thomas | May 22, 2002
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Gun control advocates are upset over Attorney General John Ashcroft's declaration recently, outlined in a legal brief before the Supreme Court, that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms irrespective of any ties to a state militia. Editorials in The New York Times and The Washington Post denounced Mr. Ashcroft as flying in the face of history and legal precedent. In fact, Mr. Ashcroft has the law and history on his side.
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By Jules Witcover | October 22, 2001
WASHINGTON - Both sides in the fight over the constitutional right to bear arms are claiming victory in a federal appeals court decision in Texas that says there is an individual right to own a gun but that limitations can be placed on it. The gun lobby, headed by the National Rifle Association, is pointing to the 2-1 decision as affirmation of its view that the Second Amendment bestows the right on a personal basis rather than only collectively....
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