July 6, 2018 § 5 Comments
“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone 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. See, e.g., Sheldon, in 5 Blume 346; Rawle 123; Pomeroy 152–153; Abbott 333. For example, 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. See, e.g., State v. Chandler, 5 La. Ann., at 489–490; Nunn v. State, 1 Ga., at 251; see generally 2 Kent *340, n. 2; The American Students’ Blackstone 84, n. 11 (G. Chase ed. 1884). Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of the Second Amendment, 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.” — Justice Anthony Scalia, majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller.
“No freedman, Negro, or Mulatto shall carry or keep firearms or ammunition.” — Mississippi Black Code (1865)
“There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” — Ronald Reagan, commenting on armed Black Panthers demonstrating in California
“In 10 incidents, citizens confronted the shooter. In eight of those incidents, one or more citizens safely and successfully acted to end the shooting. . . . Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.”
In 0 of those 10 incidents did the citizen increase the carnage.
– 2018 FBI’s “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017.”
“shall not be called in question”, Mississippi Constitution of 1890 and
“shall not be infringed”, United States Bill of Rights and
“malone labe”, Spartans from ancient Greece.
All of these have considerably more standing than those who would deprive us of our weapons.
That’s “Molon labe,” which is in Greek what the Spartans supposedly replied when Xerxes demanded that they surrender their arms. It translates, “Come and take them.”
As an originalist, I support your commenters’ right to bear arms that were available in 1791.
You forgot – “An armed society is a polite society.” Reggie Blackledge, Esq. and philosopher.