Right of individuals to own firearms

Reference

Amendment II to the U.S. Constitution
"... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Articles

An Unintended Consequence of Gun Control, by Benedict D. LaRosa, 16 Aug 2004
"If citizens were free to procure whatever firearms they desired without interference from government, as they should be, then the owners and occupiers of homes and businesses could provide their own high level of security using whatever weapons they considered appropriate ..."
Assault Weapons and Assaults on the Constitution, by Ron Paul, 22 Apr 2003
Ban People – They Kill, by Paul Craig Roberts, 17 Apr 2007
"Once guns are banned, crime will explode. Households and vulnerable members of society will lose the ability to defend, which will invite more intrusions and attacks. ... Gun prohibition will create a new industry for criminals – gun running and black market sales. Police will conduct stings by posing as black market gun dealers ..."
Better Them Than Us, by Scott McPherson, 19 Jan 2004
Discusses the Brazilian disarmament statute of 2003 and similar 1997 United Kingdom ban vis-à-vis findings by Gary Kleck and John Lott regarding gun ownership and prevalence of crime
"It has long been maintained by Second Amendment supporters in the United States that guns are a valuable tool in the hands of the citizenry. Pro-gun activists have been arguing for years that passing laws that make it harder for law-abiding citizens to have access to guns for their own defense only encourages crime. ... Handguns are the best and cheapest means for the average person to defend himself against criminals who don't care about the law."
Blockbuster Victory for the Second Amendment, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Aug 1999
Commentary on the April 1999 decision by a federal district judge to consider unconstitutional a 1994 law that decreed that a person under a domestic restraining order could not own firearms
"Judge Cummings's decision explained the historical origins of the Second Amendment. ... If Americans in the founding generation had been as fearful of firearms as many contemporary liberals are, this country might still be kowtowing to a foreign king. And Cummings did not shy away from recognizing that the Second Amendment was also enacted as a curb on abusive government ..."
Democrats for Guns: Why Kerry Should Stand Up for the Second Amendment, by Ted Rall, 27 Apr 2004
"Democrats ... absurdly argue that the placement of a comma reflects the founders' original intent to limit gun ownership to members of 18th century militias. ... Democrats, however, still need to make the libertarian case. ... Accepting and promising to defend the Constitution as a whole, including the Second Amendment, could jumpstart the return of the American left from the fringe to the mainstream."
Dissenting Opinion, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Silveira v. Lockyer, by Judge Alex Kozinski, 6 May 2003
pp. 2-6
"The able judges of the panel majority are usually very sympathetic to individual rights ... Had they brought the same generous approach to the Second Amendment that they routinely bring to the First, Fourth and selected portions of the Fifth, they would have had no trouble finding an individual right to bear arms."
New Gun-Control Victims, by Charley Reese, 21 Apr 2007
"The operative fact in that shooting, as is usually the case, was that the only person with a gun was the killer. ... It was, by the way, a gun-control law that guaranteed all of the killer's victims would be unarmed. The law says that you can't have a firearm on a school campus. Well, as you can see, the killer paid no attention to the law."
Robert A. Heinlein's Soaring Spirit of Liberty, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Jul 1997
Biographical essay, including multiple quotes from fellow authors and significant excerpts from Heinlein's novels and stories
"For instance, he wrote her in April 1949 that 'I have one of my characters say that the right to bear arms is the basis of all human freedom. I strongly believe that, but you required me to blue-pencil it. The second point concerns licensing guns. ... I am opposed to all attempts to license or restrict the arming of individuals, such as the Sullivan Act of the State of New York. I consider such laws a violation of civil liberty, subversive of democratic political institutions, and self-defeating in their purpose. ...'"
Second Amendment speaker says gun laws are racist, unconstitutional, by Quinn Bowman, The Athens NEWS, 7 Feb 2005
"Jones advocated getting rid of mandatory trigger locks and waiting periods for firearms sales because they violate the Second Amendment by restricting a citizen's ability to arm him- or herself. ... Jones argued that one cannot interpret the Second Amendment without seeing it as endorsing the unrestricted use of all firearms."
Shall Liberty or Empire be Sought?, by Patrick Henry, 5 Jun 1788
Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention; criticises several clauses of the proposed Constitution and warns about the possibility of a U.S. President becoming even worse than a king
"Your militia is given up to Congress, also, in another part of this plan; they will therefore act as they think proper; all power will be in their own possession. You can not force them to receive their punishment: of what service would militia be to you, when, most probably, you will not have a single musket in the State? For, as arms are to be provided by Congress, they may or may not furnish them."
Straight Shooting on Gun Control: A Reason debate, by Abigail A. Kohn, Don B. Kates, Wendy Kaminer, and Michael Krauss, May 2005
"... let's talk about those Second Amendment rights that Kohn assures her readers are so clearly secured. As I write, citizens of our nation's capital are fully denied these rights: If they use a firearm to defend themselves against a criminal, they are rewarded with confiscation of their weapon, for only criminals may possess firearms inside the District."
Testimony of Eugene Volokh on the Second Amendment, Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, by Eugene Volokh, 23 Sep 1998
UCLA Law School
"In preparing to teach a law school seminar on firearms regulation ... I found that the historical evidence ... overwhelmingly points to one and only one conclusion: The Second Amendment does indeed secure an individual right to keep and bear arms."
Test your freedom IQ, The Orange County Register, 18 Jun 2006
20 multiple-choice questions covering the role of government, free enterprise, taxes, property rights, free speech, religion, civil liberties, transportation, war and foreign policy, the Nanny State, gun ownership, education and immigration
"Gun ownership by individuals is specifically allowed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and it was one factor in winning the American Revolution. It would be sensible to learn firearms safety before buying one, although government mandates aren't the most useful way to encourage safety."
The Bill of Rights: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom, Aug 2004
"The Second Amendment is the American people's ultimate insurance policy against tyranny because government officials know that guns in the hands of the people provide the only practical means by which to resist tyranny ... that a disarmed society almost always becomes an obedient society in the face of omnipotent, tyrannical government."
The Control Cult, by Butler Shaffer, 21 Apr 2007
In the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, comments on those who believe the causal factors can be identified and controlled by the state, and how this extends not just to gun ownership but many other areas
"Nor have I seen evidence of any rethinking on the part of a Virginia Tech spokesman who, in 2006, following the Virginia legislature's enactment of a ban on guns on state university campuses, declared: 'I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus.' This man might send such words of comfort to the families of these 32 victims!"
Related Topics: Children, The State, Terrorism
The Court Almost Gets It Right on Guns, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Oct 2008
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court majority and minority opinions on the D.C. law that bans handguns in private homes
"Scalia ... reminds us that when the Constitution was drafted, many people feared that the powerful central government would disarm the militias, which at the time comprised all able-bodied white men, in favor of a standing army ... Citing the importance of private gun ownership to a capable militia was meant to allay such fears. But ... the militia reference did not impose a restriction on who has the right to keep and bear arms."
Related Topic: U.S. Bill of Rights
The Essence of Liberty: What is it that really makes one a libertarian?, by David F. Nolan, Libertarian Party News, Mar 1995
Discusses five points of "no compromise" that Nolan considered essential to libertarianism
"Self-ownership implies the right to self-defense. Libertarians yield to no one in their support for our right as individuals to keep and bear arms. We wish only that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution said, 'The right to self-defense being inalienable ...' instead of that stuff about a 'well-regulated militia.' Anyone who thinks that government-any government-has the right to disarm its citizens is NOT a libertarian!"
The Gun-Control Tide Is Turning, by Scott McPherson, 4 Aug 2003
The Idea of a Private Law Society, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Mises Daily, 28 Jul 2006
Discusses the problem of social order, i.e., rules to regulate the use of "everything scarce so that all possible conflicts can be ruled out"
"... in a private law society essentially no restrictions on the private ownership of firearms and other weapons would exist. Everyone's elementary right to engage in self-defense to protect one's life and property against invaders would be sacrosanct, and as one knows from the experience of the not-so-wild Wild West, as well as numerous empirical investigations into the relationship between the frequency of gun ownership and crime rates, more guns imply less crime."
The Right to Life Equals the Right to Possess Firearms, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, Jun 1994
Discusses U.S. legislation or proposals to restrict, register, license or ban gun ownership, countering that these controls go against the basic right of self-defense, itself a corollary of the right to life
"Handguns offer the otherwise defenseless a convenient, practical, inexpensive method of safeguarding themselves and their families. Banishing handguns — even if the big and the strong were also denied them — would leave the small and the weak defenseless. The big and the strong aggressors have other tools of violence at their disposal; the small and the weak do not have other effective means of self-defense. Thus, outlawing handguns is a denial of the right of self-defense and, perforce, the right to life."
Related Topics: Government, Robert A. Heinlein
Tom Selleck - Rosie O'Donnell Interview, by Tom Selleck, Rosie O'Donnell, 19 May 1999
"Tom: ... are we a responsible enough society, in terms of television, in terms of guns, in terms of everything else, to be this free? That should frame the debate. My answer unfortunately, in this culture, is 'probably not'. But I'm going to [go] down with the Civil Liberties ship, and all the Bill of Rights, and apply them equally."
Two-dimensional libertarianism, by Anthony Gregory, Rational Review, 30 Sep 2004
Questions the usefulness of the two-dimensional Nolan Chart and the World's Smallest Political Quiz and advocates instead a one-dimensional liberty vs. power spectrum
"Notice that the quiz which usually accompanies the chart never says anything about gun rights, a very important issue. No mention at all. And mentioning it would complicate things, because although it is a 'personal freedom' to keep and bear arms, and although liberals are supposed to be the ones who like 'personal freedoms,' I think it is fair to say that liberals are, on average, less libertarian on the gun issue than are conservatives."
Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 1, by Jarret B. Wollstein, Future of Freedom, Jul 1994
Will You Be Safer If Guns Are Banned? Part 2, by Jarret B. Wollstein, Future of Freedom, Aug 1994
Zimmerman Case Is No Grounds for Gun Control, by Sheldon Richman, 16 Jul 2013
Argues against those who, based on the outcome of the George Zimmerman case, push for bans on all private guns and for repealing "stand your ground" laws
"We may go further and note that even a guilty verdict would have been no grounds for gun control. No matter what gun laws are on the books, bad guys will always get firearms. Gunrunning is as old as guns themselves. It is only the innocent who would be without guns, and that means more murders, more rapes, more assaults. The answer to gun violence is not to deprive the innocent of guns."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

Jason, I told you no squirt guns in the house!, by Bill Amend, FoxTrot, 20 Jul 2008

Books

Guns: Who Should Have Them?
    by David B. Kopel, 1995
Guns Save Lives: True Stories of Americans Defending Their Lives with Firearms
    by Robert A. Waters, 2002
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws
    by John R. Lott, Jr., 1998
The Best Defense: True Stories of Intended Victims Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm
    by Robert A. Waters, 1998
The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control Is Wrong
    by John R. Lott, Jr., 2003
The Founders' Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms, by Stephen P. Halbrook, 2008
The Seven Myths of Gun Control: Reclaiming the Truth about Guns, Crime, and the Second Amendment
    by Richard Poe, 2001
The Tyranny of Gun Control
    by Jacob G. Hornberger (Editor, contributor), Richard M. Ebeling (Editor, contributor), The Future of Freedom Foundation, 1997
Shows why gun control poses a threat to liberty; a collection of essays by Ebeling, Hornberger, James Bovard, Richard J. Davis, John L. Egolf Jr., Benedict D. LaRosa, Sheldon Richman and Jarret Wollstein