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.

New 2018 Crossbows: Get Ready to Pay

Crossbows have been available for years. With more and more states allowing the use of these tools during hunting seasons, they are becoming very in-demand by many hunters. It was just a short time ago where many states didn’t allow crossbows to be used or had a very short crossbow season. This is changing, every year more states are allowing them to be used throughout bow season. If you currently use a compound bow, or think a crossbow is more like a firearm, I suggest reading up on the differences. If your not sure of your local laws on using a crossbow, I recommend checking out our post called Crossbow vs Compound Bow. We list every state’s law as of 2/26/2018.

Today, we are going to take a look at some noteworthy additions of the newest crossbows of 2018.  As you might imagine, you can expect to drop some large bills on the newest crossbows with not many budget friendly options.

Parker Crossbows

Parker Crossbows Concorde

The 2018 Parker Concorde is one of the more top of the line crossbows. It is created for the hunter not worried about dropping some real cash on quality. Expecting to pay around $1,100, you get the mackdaddy of crossbows.

With that money, you get many perks with the Concorde. Having a C02 powered cocking system, it would make a great options for someone who doesn’t have the strength to draw and cock/uncock a powerful crossbow.

With over 300 fps (feet per second) bolt speed, your game will feel that hit. Makes for longer/stronger shots.

The Parker Concorde come with:

  • The crossbow of course
  • Nine once CO2 bottle (empty) which is good for 50 cock/uncocks when full
  • Premium scope: Red Hot
  • quick-detach quiver
  • 4 bolts (with field/practice points)

Parker Thunder Hawk IR PS

Another new option from Parker is the 2018 Thunder Hawk. You can expect to pay less than the Concorde but not budget friendly by no means, you can expect to pay around $850 for this bundle.

Just because it is cheaper doesn’t mean it is lacking in quality, just options. You will be lacking the CO2 cocking action on the Thunder Hawk but you also save $300! This crossbow makes it up with power, firing bolts off at a rate of 325 fps. It also featured the G2 Bull-Pup trigger for a very consistent pull every time.

The Parker Hawk IR PS bundle comes with:

  • crossbow
  • Red Hot Illuminated optic
  • Quick-detach quiver
  • Hog velocity bolts by Red Hot
  • Red Hot Roller Rope
  • Red Hot CrosssPro 100 Broadheads
  • Sling
  • Hot wax and lube kit
  • Crossbow case

2018 Parker Ambusher IR

The next 2018 Crossbow released from Parker is called the Ambusher. Don’t let the name fool you, the Ambusher IR has a bolt seed of 325 fts, a draw weight of 135-160 and is well balanced for easy shooting. You will find the  Ambusher IR as one of the better deals from Parker crossbows. However, it is lacking some “toys” as the more highly priced above.

The Parker Ambusher comes with:

  •  Crossbow
  • Red Dot Illuminated MR Scope
  • Quiver
  • 4 bolts with field tips

Reference: Parker Crossbows

2018 PSE Crossbows

Being one of the oldest names in the bow industry, PSE has one 2018 crossbow release worth mentioning which happends to be budget friendly.

PSE Insight

The PSE Insight is a budget friendly crossbow geared towards newbies wanting to start shooting a crossbow but doesn’t want to drop a crap load of money. I need to mention that this crossbow is not a choice for hunter, but to shot at targets. It would be a good purchase for kids wanting to shoot but will not be hunting.

Shooters will be throwing bolts off the PSE Insight crossbow at 160 fps, you can see why this is not made for hunting. Designed for young beginners, the PSE Insight only weighs about 4.5 pounds. Set up in a way to teach young shooters their way around a crossbow and how to handle them safely.

The PSE Insight comes with:

  • Bow
  • Cocking rope
  • Wax
  • Four bolts
  • Quiver

Reference: PSE

TenPoint

If you have not been using crossbows, you may not know the name TenPoint but they make some quality stuff.

TenPoint Renegade

The TenPoint Renegade has a supersonic arrow speed of 355 feet per second. Made with weight in mind, it weighs in at 7 pounds. Good for younger hunters along with veterans to the hobby. Costing around half of the Concorde, it makes for a semi-budget friendly kit.

The TenPoint Renegade comes with:

  • Bow
  • Pro-view 2 Scope
  • Three Carbon bolts
  • Quiver

Reference: TenPoint

My Thoughts

Above are some of the most popular new bows for 2018. To check out the list and compare released bows, check out bowgrid.com comparison of crossbows.

As you already know, someone can spend some big money on 2018 crossbows. 2018 releases are geared more towards the higher end equipment and there is not much out there for someone looking for a budget friendly packages. If you are looking for something to start out with and will not drain your wallet, I suggest checking out some 2016-2017 models. If you are looking for the latest technology to give you that edge, 2018 offers some pretty big upgrades.