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Right To Bear Arms: Personal Protection

Right To Bear Arms: Personal Protection

The right to bear arms has been an issue of political debate for decades in the US. While different parties have their own opinion on these, the ruckus that the debate has been stewing is still on ground and will perhaps go on. The faction against bearing of arms has a cause; a cause which they feel is justified.

There are countries in other parts of the world that are strict when it comes to bearing arms. For instance, in Mexico and most African countries, bearing of arms comes with stiff penalties and getting license for private ownership is like hunting for crocodiles with a fish hook. The citizens of these countries are often left defenceless hence the high un-curtailed crime rates in those countries. Every citizen should be armed if he so chose, to be able to defend herself.

Though Holster Girl is not a political website; we are all about guns and supplies here folks; we intend to make some issues on the rights to bear arms clear to you. There is no harm in knowing where you are coming from and where you are going…right?

In the US, Gods Own Country, the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right that is codified in the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States of America and in the state constitutions of forty-four States.The text of the United States Constitutional amendment reads:

“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.”

The right to keep and bear arms is protected under the Second Amendment and is often presented in the context of military service and the broader right of self defense. Whether this right relates to just individuals acting independently or the people acting together has been the topic of several Supreme Court decisions.

The Supreme Court has ruled on two separate cases that the 2nd amendment is an individual and incorporated right, "completely independent of any service in any militia." Back in June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision, held that residents of the District of Columbia have an individual right to firearms, and specifically handguns, for self-defence within the home.   

Also, the large body of state based laws regarding the right to firearms and restrictions on firearms remain largely unchanged, though the Supreme Court ruled in the 2010 case McDonald v. Chicago that the right to keep and bear arms applies to state governments through the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment, and is therefore an individual incorporated right.

Though the possessing of arms seems to be distinct from "bearing" them, the possession of arms is seen as necessary for and a logical precursor to the bearing of arms.

Sayoko Blodgett-Ford notes a non-military usage of the phrase in pamphlet widely spread by the dissenting minority dating from the time of the Pennsylvania ratifying convention for the U.S. Constitution:

"The people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and their own state, or the United States, or the purpose of killing game; and no law shall be passed for disarming the people or any of them, unless for crimes committed”

In conclusion, we at Holster Girl are strong advocates that the American Citizenry have the right to bear arms for personal protection.

This is a stand for any political faction but a stand for the American society; especially the American women.