6/01/2009

"Most Americans Agree on Second Amendment"

Opinion Research Corporation has this new poll out.

Most adults in the United States believe the Second Amendment is intended to give individual Americans the right to keep and bear arms for their own defence, according to a poll by Opinion Research Corporation released by CNN. 77 per cent of respondents agree with this assessment.

Conversely, 21 per cent of respondents feel the Second Amendment was only intended to preserve the existence of citizen-militias.

The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right "to keep and bear arms." Some American states have enacted their own gun control regulations, independent of existing federal legislation.

In June 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled—in a 5-4 decision—that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" is not limited to state militias and protects "the inherent right of self-defence."

On May 26, U.S. president Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor has served as a judge at the District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. . . .

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Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


So few words, yet so profound, from an individual who so struggled with the problem of a Nation Divided. He could not, did not free the slaves, yet he found a means to place our freedoms, and our power to keep them for ourselves, without reference to race, politics, nor pettiness, in one simple speech.

We have lost our way, and it is our fault for letting those in power, lead us astray.

We were given the foundation upon which we were to guide our government, and like young fools over time, we allowed them to abscond with it.

There will be no one to stand on our battleground to commend us for our actions, for we have failed to stand up to those weak fools whom we allowed to give away our Liberty.

6/02/2009 1:31 AM  

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