What is the Second Amendment to US Constitution? Chilling Boulder shooting puts a question mark on gun rights

'The 2nd Amendment doesn't give you the right to go and murder a bunch of people for no reason. I'm so sick of that bulls**t argument,' a user commented


                            What is the Second Amendment to US Constitution? Chilling Boulder shooting puts a question mark on gun rights
After 10 people were killed in Colorado, the conversation of Second Amendment has started again (Getty Images)

Ten people were killed in the shooting at King Soopers supermarket on Monday, March 22, including a Boulder police officer who was fatally shot, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference. This incident yet again made people question the Second Amendment of the United States of America. 

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold identified the officer as Eric Talley, who has been on the force since 2010. The investigation is expected to last a minimum of five days, according to Herold. "I am so sorry about the loss of officer Tally. ... We will be working night and day," Herold said. "I know there are people out there waiting for an answer." She did not release the names of the other nine victims, saying the department "will try to ID all of the victims as promptly as possible."

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Slamming the amendment, Illustrator Robert Maguire tweeted: "Former conservative Chief Justice of Supreme Court Warren Burger: The 2nd Amendment "has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime."

The US Army veteran said, "Another god damn shooting, but god forbid we enact national background checks. Yeah, this shit pisses me off because I am f**king sick and tired of the 2nd amendment being manipulated by the right and the NRA for our government to do anything about this. Enough of this shit."



 

 



 

 

'Know your enemy, because they're coming'

One person said: "The 2nd Amendment doesn't give you the right to go and murder a bunch of people for no reason. I'm so sick of that bullshit argument." While another one wrote: "Plz use caution everyone. Stay home if you can. If it's not Covid trying to kill people, it's the white boys with "2nd Amendment Right's""



 

 



 

 

Defending the slamming on the Interent, one person tweeted: "They used fake "science" to bring in fake ballots. They used a phony "insurrection" to label us as terrorists and now want to come for our AR-15's and 2nd Amendment. These people hate America, they hate you, and they are dangerous. Know your enemy, because they're coming." While another one wrote: "Im so tired of hearing Republicans complain their 2nd amendment rights are being violated. 2 mass shootings in 1 week. Eight people dead in Georgia, & there may be multiple people dead in Colorado. What about their f**king rights to live!? F**k!"



 

 



 

 

What is the Second Amendment in the US Constitution?

Talk of gun rights and gun control is back on full boil after 10  people were killed in the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, so the conversation turns to the Second Amendment quickly and often. According to the Law Library of Congress, "The Second Amendment, one of the ten amendments to the Constitution comprising the Bill of Rights, states: “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 meaning of this sentence is not self-evident, and has given rise to much commentary but relatively few Supreme Court decisions.

A member of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary holds her AR-15 rifles as she participates in a Life Holy Marriage Blessing at the church on October 14, 2019 in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania (Getty Images)

 

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution 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." Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment's intended scope. On the one hand, some believe that the Amendment's phrase "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" creates an individual constitutional right for citizens of the United States. Under this "individual right theory", the United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional.

A collective rights theory asserts that citizens do not have the individual right to possess guns (Getty Images)

 

On the other hand, some scholars point to the prefatory language "a well regulated Militia" to argue that the Framers intended only to restrict Congress from legislating away a state's right to self-defense. Scholars have come to call this theory "the collective rights theory."

A collective rights theory of the Second Amendment asserts that citizens do not have an individual right to possess guns and that local, state, and federal legislative bodies therefore possess the authority to regulate firearms without implicating a constitutional right.

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