Firearms

History of the 2nd Amendment

With all the controversy surrounding gun control and the right to bear arms, understanding the history of the 2nd Amendment is extremely important. The language used in the Second Amendment is hotly debated and discussed. Does a person have a right to own a gun? What about the connection to a Well Regulated Militia? Interpretations of the amendment are vast, and its place within the context of today’s societys add to the complexity of the 27 words that make it up.

“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.”

What does it mean? The U.S. Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. Due to the age of the Constitution, it seems reasonable to test it from time to time. In fact, the earliest Supreme Court decisions were anti-gun. United States v. Cruikshank, Presser v. Illinois, Miller v. Texas, United States v. Miller, and Lewis v. United States all ended in rulings that helped narrow definitions and tightened rules surrounding the Second Amendment. In Lewis v. United States (1980), the court ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees no right to keep and bear a firearm that does not have some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated Militia.

It wasn’t until 2008 that the Supreme Court dismantled previous court case’s claims as a result of Dictrict of Columbia v. Heller.

The complaint began after Dick Heller, a District of Columbia special police officer authorized to carry a handgun while performing his duties at the Federal Judicial Center, attempted to register a handgun that he intended to keep at his D.C. home. The District of Columbia denied his request under a provision found in D.C.’s Firearms Control Act of 1975. Heller took the case to court, claiming that two provisions in the Firearms Control Act violated his Constitutional rights under the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court justices voted 5-4 in favor of Heller. While the majority of the Court ruled that the “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in the militia,” and that individuals had the right to use that firearm “for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense with the home,” four of the nine Justices disagreed.

The most recent Second Amendment case to see the Supreme Court was McDonald v. City of Chicago in 2010. The same Supreme Court justices from District of Columbia v. Heller presided over the case, with the exception of newly appointed justice Sonia Sotomayor. In the case, a Chicago municipality denied the registration of a handgun to Mr. Otis McDonald, a law-abiding citizen, veteran, and Second Amendment advocate. The Supreme Court found the local gun restriction law to be in violation of the Constitution by a 5-4 vote. This case resulted in a landmark decision which guarantees that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments as well as to the federal government.

As political activists and politicians scramble to use mass shooting events as a reason to restrict civilian gun ownership, it’s important to remember the history of the Second Amendment and acknowledge that regardless of what happens, we have a Constitutional right to bear arms that cannot be infringed.

The benefits of using night vision scope in hunting

Hunting in the dark can be a fairly difficult task. You may not get a clear view of the animal in low light conditions or your view may be obstructed by the silhouettes create by various objects such as trees and bushes.

Fortunately, there are quite a few ways of improving night visibility. Night vision scopes are one of the best solutions in this regard. These scopes can be used as stand-alone viewing equipment, or mounted on top of firearms such as rifles. In the latter case, they are known as riflescopes.

Using the best night vision scopes offer a number of notable advantages, especially when compared to other night vision technologies such as thermal imaging. Following is a quick rundown of these.

A more natural image

Thermal imaging relies on mapping the heat signature of the target object, and thus making it viewable. Night vision scopes, on the other hand, amplifies the ambient light from the moon and stars to make the scene clearer and the objects more viewable.

As a result, the view you get through a night vision scope is more natural and real than the one you get with thermal imaging. In hunting, this lets you view objects and animals without losing track of the terrain.

Wider Field of View

Compared to most other night vision equipment, a night vision scope offers a wider field of view. This is particularly useful during hunting. A wider field of view lets you keep better track of the movements of the game as well as the terrain in general.

It also lets you stay more balanced and confident in your nighttime movements by letting you take in a broader view of the area around you.

Longer Battery Life

Thermal imaging devices can hog up battery quite fast. In contrast, night vision scopes can last a long time once charged. This is a notable advantage as you are likely to spend many hours outdoors when hunting in the night.

From tracking game to getting close to it and shooting it, you may be using the night vision scope for a considerable stretch of time, possibly many hours. The great thing is that a scope will function perfectly well for many hours on a single charge and you won’t have to worry about the batteries running out in the middle of the night.

More Affordable

Another great thing about night vision scopes is that they are quite affordable. A huge range of such scopes are available on the market and you can choose the one that perfectly suits your hunting needs and preferences. The price tag will also vary from model to model. But in a general comparison, night vision scopes tend to be more affordable in comparison to other night vision technologies.

More Reliable

Night vision scopes usually come in sturdy designs with strong build. To top it, the internal technological structure of the night vision scopes is less fragile than that in thermal imaging devices. So when looking for reliability and durability, night vision scopes is the better bet.

After all, you will be using the scope outdoors for extended periods and it may have to weather rain, dust and drops. A night vision scope is more likely to survive these without incurring any damage.

More weather-resistant

Since night vision scopes really relies on ambient light, changes in temperature will not affect it too much. In fact, most night vision scopes will work perfectly well in a wide range of temperatures. In contrast, thermal imaging devices rely on heat signatures, and their performance may not be optimal in very cold conditions.