Gun controll in front of the Supreme court

Publié le par Franck Cellier

Heavy background for a legal case
The gun controll will be the top story of medias next month because the Supreme Court will hear arguments on march 18th from who considers that the right "to keep and bear arms" isn't for individuals, but instead applies to state militias, such as National Guard units; and from others who defends the rights of all Americans to own guns. A rulling is likely by the end of june.
If the court decides there is an individual right to bear arms, it will be a huge victory for gun-rights advocates, writes USA Today. It would reverse years of legal precedent and embolden politicians and groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) that have touted gun rights. It also likely would discourage new gun regulations and inspire challenges to other gun restrictions.

But a Supreme court decision has not only a legal meaning, says Temple University law professor David Kairys, who has long been in the thick of the debate over gun rights and firearms violence as a defender of gun restrictions. Its has also a moral, political and cultural meaning. So the higher judges won't only consider the legal arguments but they will considers also the lot of deads that the freedom of owning a gun has provided.

First, everybody remembers the killing at Columbine high school, occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. Two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a shooting rampage, killing 12 students and a teacher, as well as wounding 23 others, before committing suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school killing in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster (45 deads), 2007 Virginia Tech massacre (33 deads) and the 1966 University of Texas massacre (32 deads).

Recently, february 14th of this year, Stephen Kazmierczak, 27 years old, armed with a shotgun and two handguns, opened fire in a lecture auditorium of the university of Dekalb, shooting and killing six students and injuring 15 others before killing himself. Just two years before, Northern Illinois University honored him with a dean's award for his sociology work. He had established himself as an authority on prison systems, having co-authored a manuscript on self-injury in prison and the role of religion in the formation of early prisons in the United States..
Shooting at school are so regular that, for just one week, there were four ones in USA: a woman killed two students in a technic high school of Baton Rouge in Indiana on february 8th;  a student of 17 years old shot and wounded an other student in an high school of Memphis, Tenessee on february 11th; the same day a teenager of 15 has been killed in an high school of Oxnard in California; and Stephen Kasmerczak killed 5 students on february 14th at Dekalb.

All this deads during school shooting, to which a lot of others in the streets can be added, will be in the higher judjes'mind when they will examine the case of the gun controll.






No red flag!


The chief of the Northern Illinois University police said they couldn't imagine such a killing because "there was no red flag" on the killer, Stephen Kasmerczack. It's always the same story when a sudent runs crazy.

Every body can buy a real arsenal: no red flag. Four shootings involving nine deads on one week in american schools: no red flag. OK, if every body thinks like this policeman, don't need to worry, the green flag can be proudly raised near the starred flag.

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Abdoul Esaie 10/03/2008 19:23

Gun controll,le la amricain !
Depuis que je suis dans aux USA, je ne cesse de poser la question: Pourquoi il est facile de se pocurer une arme a feu aux USA ?
Avec le temps j'ai fini a faire mon constact et dire pour quoi ne pas reglementer la vente et la possession de armes a feu ?
Bien avant cette reglemetation, donner plus de moyens a la policE en recrutant plus d'homme de securite. Aider tous ceux qui travaillent dans le secteur des des armes de se reconvertir dans d'autres secteurs. Donner l'autorisation de porte d'arme seulement au professionel tel que : Agents de secirute, les fermiers, les chasseurs et les gardiens de l'environement. Empecher les jeunes a posseder des armes et prendre des decisions severes contre tous ceux qui possederont illigalement une arme a feu.
Je crois que par cette voie, on pourras eviter des tueuries telles que nous les voyons de partout dans les USA.
C'est ma proposition comme participant au debat du " Gun Controll"
Esaie Adboul