What does "the right to bear arms" mean?

Timeline created by DanielleW
  • Philosopher

    Philosopher
    Political Philosophers on The Right To Keep And Bear Arms</a>“And yet in some cases a man may not only use force and arms, but assemble company also... for a man’s house is his Castle, and a per­son’s own house is his ultimate refuge; for where shall a man be safe, if it be not in his house. And in this sese it truly said, and the laws permit the taking up of arms against armed persons.”
    -Edward Coke
  • Shays Rebellion

    Shays Rebellion
    The History of Shays Rebellion
    Shays Rebellion was the first major armed rebelliion in Podt-Revolitionary United States and the Citizens of Massachusetts were angry with the government in Boston. These men that were part of the rebellion knew their rights and knew that there would never be change without action.
  • The Constitution

    The Constitution
    In The original Constitution there were no amendmesnts, however soon after the Constitstuion was finalized the framers decided to add in a Bill of rights in 1791. The Bill of Rights was just what it says it layed out all the rights that the Americans had and The Right to Bear Arms was listed under the second amendment. nevertheless, there is still controversy over this right, because people aren't sure what exactly it implies.
  • U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876)

    U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876)
    Supreme Court Case In summary this case was about the Klu Klux Klan depriving African Americans of their right. Mainly the first and second amendments were the rights that were being violated. This case relates to my topic, because it describes in detail the meaning of the right to bear arms and upon which level of the judicial system cases such as this one can and should be heard.
  • Legislative Branch

    Legislative Branch
    The Legislative Branch is the segment of the government that is in control of helping bills move along and this is important to the 2nd Amendment, because it would have had to gone through the process of being heard by the Senate and the House. There is now much controversy over what the amendment is stating when addressing the right to bear arms which means that those who served in 1791 when this was ratified didn’t believe that there would ever be a misunderstanding of what was being said.
  • Executive Branch

    Executive Branch
    US vs. Heller
    There are still many issues that are rising today about the second amendment and whether or not certain areas have the right to create laws that violate the Constitution. This case in particular deals with the nation’s capital and deciphering if the possession of handguns as it stands now of being illegal is in violation of the Constitution.