See what I mean. You can stack the facts to promote either side, but when looked at comprehensively, there is no solid statistical evidence either strongly suggesting is better.
History[ edit ] Calamity Janenotable pioneer frontierswoman and scout, at age The American hunting tradition comes from a time when the United States was an agrarian, subsistence nation where hunting was a profession for some, an auxiliary source of food for some settlers, and also a deterrence to animal predators.
A connection between shooting skills and survival among rural American men was in many cases a necessity and a ' rite of passage ' for those entering manhood.
Therefore, the armed citizen-soldier carried the responsibility. Service in militia, including providing one's own ammunition and weapons, was mandatory for all men. Yet, as early as the s, the mandatory universal militia duty evolved gradually to voluntary militia units and a reliance on a regular army.
Throughout the 19th century the institution of the organized civilian militia began to decline.
Closely related to the militia tradition is the frontier tradition, with the need for self-protection pursuant to westward expansion and the extension of the American frontier.
Two direct attempts to disarm the colonial militias fanned what had been a smoldering resentment of British interference into the fires of war.
The Gunpowder Incident was eventually settled by paying the colonists for the powder. Commonwealth which evaluated the right to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state pursuant to Section 28 of the Second Constitution of Kentucky The right to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state was interpreted as an individual right, for the case of a concealed sword cane.
This case has been described as about "a statute prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons [that] was violative of the Second Amendment". The Kentucky court held that "the right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State must be preserved entire, Buzzardthe Arkansas high court adopted a militia-based, political right, reading of the right to bear arms under state law, and upheld the 21st section of the second article of the Arkansas Constitution that declared, "that the free white men of this State shall have a right to keep and bear arms for their common defense",  while rejecting a challenge to a statute prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons.
The Arkansas high court declared "That the words 'a well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free State', and the words 'common defense' clearly show the true intent and meaning of these Constitutions [i.
This being the case, then the people, neither individually nor collectively, have the right to keep and bear arms. Reconstruction era This section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards.
The specific problem is: Garfield With the Civil War ending, the question of the rights of freed slaves to carry arms and to belong to militia came to the attention of the federal courts.
In response to the problems freed slaves faced in the Southern states, the Fourteenth Amendment was drafted. Bingham of Ohio used the Court's own phrase "privileges and immunities of citizens" to include the first Eight Amendments of the Bill of Rights under its protection and guard these rights against state legislation.
One particular concern was the disarming of former slaves. The Second Amendment attracted serious judicial attention with the Reconstruction era case of United States v. Cruikshank which ruled that the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment did not cause the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, to limit the powers of the State governments, stating that the Second Amendment "has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government.
Constitution, which would include the Second Amendment, "following John Randolph Tucker 's famous oral argument in the Chicago anarchist Haymarket Riot case, Spies v. Though originally the first ten Amendments were adopted as limitations on Federal power, yet in so far as they secure and recognize fundamental rights—common law rights—of the man, they make them privileges and immunities of the man as citizen of the United States Supreme Court consistently ruled that the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights restricted only Congress, and not the States, in the regulation of guns.
It was passed after Prohibition -era gangsterism peaked with the Saint Valentine's Day massacre of The era was famous for criminal use of firearms such as the Thompson submachine gun Tommy gun and sawed-off shotgun. Miller[ edit ] Main article: Miller In United States v.Within the gun politics debate, gun control and gun rights advocates disagree over the role that guns play in crime.
Gun control advocates concerned about high levels of gun violence in the United States look to restrictions on gun ownership as a way to stem the violence and say that increased gun ownership leads to higher levels of crime, suicide and other negative outcomes. View the latest news on the gun control debate and the business of guns in America.
A popular argument from gun rights advocates it that if you make gun ownership a crime, then only criminals will have guns.
This means only “bad” guys would have guns, while good people would by definition be at a disadvantage. Gun Control Debate Paper Today in the United States gun control is a topic of immense debate, because of the shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary located in Newtown, Connecticut. This most recent tragic event ended the lives of 20 students and six adults.
Nov 11, · See how ARs are made Stag Arms produces ARs, one of the firearms at the center of the gun debate. Owner Mark Malkowski talks about gun legislation and the tragedy in Newtown. Mexico has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world and yet, in , Mexico had 11, gun murders ( gun homicides per , people) compared to the United States that had 9, gun homicides ( per , people).