Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
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.
February 12, 2017: We the People MN is exploring the right to bear arms, with a focus on the Second Amendment. “Me vs. Us: The Right to Bear Arms”
1-3 PM at Solomon’s Porch, 100 West 46th Street (Check-in will begin at 12:30 PM)
Gun violence is a well-known crisis in the United States. Yet despite the crisis, efforts to protect Americans have failed. Liberals dismiss the Second Amendment as a violation of their safety rights, but there is constitutional justification for placing limits on guns without dismissing the Second Amendment.
This conversation with Protect Minnesota will develop strategies to promote safety rights with essential limits on the right to bear arms.
Protect MN has found that people who support common sense laws to prevent gun violence are intimidated by the polarization of the issue and don’t feel confident talking about it. People think they personally need to have been victimized in order to speak, and are worried they don’t know enough to engage on this issue.
Conversely, those who do speak out often use language and arguments that alienate the 45% of Minnesota families that have at least one gun in their home.
The goal of the format for this We the People MN event is to address both problems: empower participants to speak out with confidence based on their own life experience, while helping them develop their message in a way that won’t alienate the average hunter.
- Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People: And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control, Dennis A. Henigan.
- A Well-Regulated Militia, Cornell
- Out of Range, Tushnet
- MinnPost: “People Carrying Assault Weapons Pose A Clear and Present Danger To Others”
- TwinCities.com: Gun rights bills enter Minnesota’s House — how far will they get?
- House Votes To Overturn Obama Rule Restricting Gun Sales To the Severely Mentally Ill
— Created by We the People MN: Matt Filner, Cara Letofsky, Jim Davnie, Abou Amara, Noel Nix, Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Allison Wolf, Gerald Wilhem, Elizabeth Glidden, & Mark Haase
Another recommended read is The New Yorker’s series about the Second Amendment.