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Karine Naggar

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Transcript of USA AND WEAPONS

The History
a brief biography
The 2 most recent Supreme Court decisions
Now, I doubt any of you would prefer a rolled up newspaper as a weapon against a dictator or a criminal intruder.
Decisions of the Supreme Court
Charlton Heston
The District of Columbia v. Heller (2008):
the Court ruled that the pre-existing right of the 2nd Amendment should stay the same.
The rights of carrying a gun is not unlimited, though.
No gun should be carried in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
McDonald v. Chicago (2010):
The Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits State and Local Governments to the same extent that it limits the Federal Government.
Born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923, and died April 5, 2008
Actor and political activist
President and spokesman of the NRA in 1998 until he resigned in 2003
won an Academy Award for best actor and played in known movies like "Moses" and the 1968 version of "Planet of the Apes".
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
It's not a man's gun, he's a gun's man.
Charlton Heston
At the 2000 NRA convention, he raised a rifle over his head and declared that a potential Al Gore administration would take away his Second Amendment rights "from my cold, dead hands".

In announcing his resignation in 2003, he again raised a rifle over his head, repeating the famous words of his 2000 speech.
The history

Gun politics: for and against

The National Rifle Association of America

USA vs. Canada

written in December 1791 by James Madison, shortly after writing the first draft of the US Constitution
Why did the 2nd Amendment even occur?
Was deemed a compromise between Federalists and anti-Federalists to give them more power to fight back the English and the tyrannical federal government
To provide the state Militia with more power
Whose government are they talking about?
George Washington's Federal Government.
Long a controversial issue in American political, legal and social discourse, the Second Amendment has been at the heart of several Supreme Court decisions.
The National Rifle Association
Non-profit organization that advocats for gun rights.
founded in 1971 by William Conant Church and George Wood Wingate.
The Association has directly lobbied for and against legislation since 1975.
Originally founded to advance rifle marksmanship, now focuses on Firearm ownership rights.
Its membership surpassed 5 million in May 2013.
President: James W. Porter II
Executive Vice President: Wayne LaPierre
Location: Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
JULY 20, 2012
12 killed, 58 injured: Aurora, Colorado

DEC. 14, 2012 27 killed, one injured: Newtown, Conn.
JUNE 18, 2015 9 dead: Charleston, South Carolina
OCT. 1, 2015 9 dead; 9 injured: Roseburg, Ore.
What does Barack Obama do to limit these mass shootings?
Requires background checks for all gun sales and strengthens the background check system.
Bans military-style assault weapons and limits gun/weapon magazines.
Provides training for “active shooter” situations to 14,000 law enforcement, first responders (police officers and firefighters) and school officials.
Launches a national gun safety campaign (gun safety locks)

Helps schools invest in safety. The plan also calls for the federal government to assist schools in developing emergency management plans.
Improves mental health awareness through enhanced teacher training and referrals for treatment

Gun rights or gun control?
Gun rights:
Gun rights supporters promote firearms for self-defense, hunting, sporting activities, and security against tyranny.
Gun rights advocates state that firearm ownership by law-abiding citizens reduces crime.
Gun control:
Gun control supporters say that broad or unrestricted gun rights inhibit the government from fulfilling that responsibility.
Gun control advocates state that keeping guns out of the hands of criminals results in safer communities.
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