Self Defense Through the 14th Amendment

The recent rise of gun violence in America has caused many to question the constitutionality of individual citizens’ right to own and carry firearms. Individuals who favor gun rights find their constitutional support in the Second Amendment, a constitutionality upheld by the late Justice Scalia in District of Columbia v. Heller. However, individuals who oppose gun rights argue that the Second Amendment only granted the right to form a militia back in the founding era. Justice Stevens discusses the latter argument in his dissenting opinion of District of Columbia v.…

America’s Gun-Wielding Ideology

You might think that after mass shootings like the recent ones in Texas, Arizona, and Oregon, the American public would turn away from guns, embracing gun control as a way to reduce gun violence. But you would be wrong. In 2013, year after a gunman killed 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut, the opposite occurred: those in favor of controlling gun ownership remained relatively steady, while those who supported gun rights increased by six percent. Less than a year after the shooting, Congress failed to pass national gun law reforms…