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    Supreme Court Upholds Right to Personal Gun Ownership

    http://www.reuters.com/article/topNe...rpc=22&sp=true

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, for the first time in the nation's history, that individual Americans have the right to own guns for personal use, and struck down a strict gun control law in the nation's capital.

    The landmark 5-4 ruling marked the first time in nearly 70 years that the high court has addressed whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, rather than a right tied to service in a state militia.
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    Our Rights Upheld!

    I have been worried, in the past, about whether or not the Supreme Court would uphold the Constitution. This is definitely a step in the right direction!

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    Good news indeed!

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    The Constitution has always clearly said that individuals had the right to form their own militia with their own hand picked leaders. It is surprising to some that the SCOTUS would actually uphold the Constitution.

    My own nitpick on the court decision is that the Second Ammendment is not an individual right for self defense, but an individual right to form a militia. Militias use much bigger guns than are presently available, and do not go around unarmed.

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    Although this is good news, what should have been a 9-0 vote ended up being a close 5-4 battle. There should have been no questioning of the 2nd amendment. If it was voted against, you can be sure that there would have been thousands of riots across the country. As a legal gun owner myself (well not really me, because I'm a minor, but I'm the only one that shoots the rifles), I would hate to see the 2nd amendment turned down.

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    I was happy with the decision. I wish the second amendment had been incorporated, but I have hope.

    I am buying "assault weapons" and high capacity magazines now. I am hoping to have all that I want purchased before another ban comes around.

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    I wish I could buy high cap mags here in Canada, unfortunatley we're restricted to 5 bullets on semi-autos (automatics are prohibited) .. Good thing I am only a couple hours away from the border .. Gods bless America

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    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.
    To me it seems pretty clear that the amendment differs between a milita on the one hand, and the people on the other. The militia comprises of the people, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It shall not be infringed because the state needs its people, its citizens, to be armed and ready for potential service in the militia. An unarmed people, citizenry, reduces the potential strenght and competence of the militia in a time of crisis. A militia is plural, a military organisation consisting of several individuals, the people is also plural, but is a more general and broader term. A militia is necessary, and an armed people, an armed citizenry, is to be the foundation for this militia.

    The amendment also makes bans on assault weapons questionable. Assault weapons are the weapon used in combat today, just as the musket was around the time of the birth of the second amendment. The people are supposed to make up the militia, and to be of use to a milita back in the 18th century, you would need to be familiar with and preferably own a musket of your own, today that musket needs to be replaced by an assault rifle if the militia is to be of any use.

    Now, you no longer have just a militia, instead you have both a militia, the National Guard, and a standing army, but I don't see this altering the meaning of "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". It does not say that this right should cease to be in effect were you to change the foundation for your military powers from a militia only to both a militia and a standing army. To read something else into it, that the right of the people shall be infringed unless you only have a militia, that this right is dependent upon a militia-only circumstance, is a bit weak as an argument in my opinion.

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    I wish that the second amendment applied to me. I feel somewhat betrayed that as a soldier I am forbidden to keep a firearm in my own home. We are required to keep all firearms, personal or otherwise, in the brigade's arms room. This is particularly troubling to me since I personally know at least three soldiers who've had their homes broken into here on the island. I guess if someone breaks in I'll just have to use a knife and make a big mess...
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