Baltimore Sun Claims Individual Right To Keep, Bear Arms Created In 2008

By AWR Hawkins

Second Amendment Not Negotiable
Second Amendment Not Negotiable
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  On August 7, the Baltimore Sun ran a column ubiquitously examining the chasm between Americans who arm themselves for self-defense and Americans who do not.

But on a deeper level, the column asserted that the meaning of the Second Amendment has been “in dispute” for “most of the nation’s history” and only came to be viewed as a protection of individual rights after the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008).

This is the same argument that the LA Times put forth on May 22 and one which The New York Times as also been peddling since the Heller decision came down.

According to the Sun, there are two separate America’s currently living side by side. One of those is armed, one is not.

Here is how they present it:

On one side is unarmed America, where citizens abhor handguns and they are seldom on public display, except in the legal possession of local and federal law-enforcement officers and private security police, as in the Cincinnati episode.

On the other side is armed America, with not only a regulated and disciplined military force but also a much larger civilian population of gun owners possessing weapons for protection at home or for sport and recreation at shooting ranges and hunting venues.

The Sun juxtaposes these two Americans in a way that begs for resolution; for someone to step forward to explain which America is correct–the one that views guns as a collective right or the one the views them as a part of an individual right?

The Sun then offers this observation:

The two Americas are themselves in conflict over the right to bear arms and the peril it poses when guns intentionally or unintentionally lead to civilian death. For most of the nation’s history, the issue was in heavy dispute, until the current Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment guaranteed individuals an absolute right to own them.

Notice the inference–the two Americas can’t agree because the exact meaning of the Second Amendment has been in dispute for nearly as long as we’ve been a nation. It was not necessarily viewed as protecting individual rights until the Supreme Court ruled that it protects individual rights with Heller (2008), and then reaffirmed that decision with McDonald v. Chicago (2010).

But the Supreme Court’s ruling is not the end of the tension. The Sun points out that the two America’s still exist and it claims the “epidemic of white police officers drawing their weapons on African-Americans in routine traffic stops” has thrust questions about America’s gun culture into the spotlight again.

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Doug
Doug
5 years ago

For everyone that has posted. Well, whaddy’all want, the Sun’s based out of Baltimore in the MASSIVELY gun control state of Maryland (during five of the LONGEST years of my life, my wife and I lived in Germantown, I bought a Ruger P-90 from Sports Authority). As I left the building with my newly purchased firearm, the store manager was REQUIRED by Maryland law to escort me out to my truck in the parking lot. Now, mind you, it was just me carrying the gun case my pistol came in. NO ammo, NO nothing else. Just me carrying a gun… Read more »

Ken Kiger
Ken Kiger
5 years ago

The only dispute in the meaning of the Second Amendment is in the minds of those that either can’t read or won’t read: From the U.S. Supreme Court in D.C. v Heller of 2008, quoting a case from 1876: Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment . We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment , like the First and Fourth Amendment s,… Read more »

Benito Camarillo
Benito Camarillo
5 years ago

my apology for stating Washington Post instead of Baltimore Sun– but the message remains the same with that correction!

Benito Camarillo
Benito Camarillo
5 years ago

For the newspaper to publish their ignorant editorial without fact checking is just another example of the ethics missing from our media and the 545 people in Washington, DC responsible for the mess we are in. I invite the humans at the Washington Post to take Hillsdale College online courses on the US Constitution. I see no ambiguity in reading of the Second Amendment. I am also tired of seeing the bashing of all law enforcement by the actions of a few. It was more than definite that the Black criminal and bully Brown forced his own demise at the… Read more »

Charles Johnston
Charles Johnston
5 years ago

Another liberal rag paper trying to insinuate that the 2nd amendment is somehow vague and misleading. They wish. Those who are ignorant of our history and the “Why” of the 2nd amendment sorely need to read the writings of the founders- and they spoke at great length on why the total population “Must” be armed. For those who try to link gun ownership to the first part of the amendment, about the militia, they keep stumbling over that aggravating little comma, after which it says, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. It’s… Read more »

TEX
TEX
5 years ago

The problem in Baltimore and around the country is the Hussein Obama regime are the racist and race baiters. I’m White and very proud of that fact ! But to the liberal,progressive,socialists,that statement is racist ? BS…., Too bad for them,not me ! Be proud of being White, and be very vocal about being proud of being White ! Until ‘young black men’ (the liberal media loves to call them that) learn to function in a civilized society,nothing will change and the negro race will continue to regress. The liberals continue to try and blame Whites for all the problems… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago

Me: I laughed out loud at your comedy piece on the police being part of the ‘police state’ and claiming the police are ‘out of control’. You have a lot to learn before bothering to post your delusional, paranoid silliness again…..

me too
me too
5 years ago

The Baltimore Sun wouldn’t know the Constitution if it bit them in the a$$! What this liberal based city and newspaper wants is a police state. The city government is so racist it creates the “epidemic” that they believe exists. Unfortunately the facts don’t support their conjecture about racism among the police force. We have a president and AG that perpetuates racism to divide and conquer this country.

Me
Me
5 years ago

“The Sun points out that the two America’s still exist and it claims the “epidemic of white police officers drawing their weapons on African-Americans in routine traffic stops” has thrust questions about America’s gun culture into the spotlight again.” This is the problem – the police are a part of the POLICE STATE – which has nothing to do, in my opinion, about the “gun Culture” of We The People. 2 separate entities of which the police are out of control, NOT the law abiding gun owner.

Vanns40
Vanns40
5 years ago
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It’s opinions like this that bring us to where we are today. 1 1/2 million sworn law enforcement in this country and you make a generalized statement that they all act like a “police state”. You have no facts to back up your statement only ingrained predjudice. That’s just as rediculous as me saying that because you make an uninformed statement based on ignorance all people do so. Fortunately you are in the minority. Most folks research the issue and understand that the number of bad police officers in this country pale in number compared to those who are dedicated… Read more »