unclebuck wrote:Not really sure if guns are a civil rights issue. Or was the "I have a dream" speech really about the 2nd Amend. ? I dont know. Im going to have to call Al Sharpton on this one.
It most certainly is. And to deprive a law abiding American of his/her birthright is a violation of that right.
1. Is gun ownership a "civil right?"
World Net, from Princeton University, defines a "Civil Right" as a right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of congress including the right to legal, social and economic equality. This makes gun ownership as much of a civil right as freedom of speech, religion and freedom of the press.
1a. Supreme Court affirms Second Amendment as a fundamental civil right (District of Columbia v Heller)
The Heller case challenged several laws in Washington DC that constituted a complete ban on the Second Amendment rights for D.C. residents with no exception given for self-defense. In the Heller case, the Supreme court ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental individual right to have functional firearms in the home that are commonly owned without being connected to any service of the state or military organization. The Supreme Court also ruled that the Second Amendment is a fundamental part of the bill of rights, which guarantees citizen’s individual rights. Lastly, In this 5 to 4 decision with Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia writing for the majority, The Supreme Court affirmed that Washington DC gun laws violated the Second Amendment Civil Rights of DC residents and to positively restore those rights.
This is from the Second Amendment Foundation