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There has been another shooting in the United States where a lone gunman killed 10 people and injured many more. Gun control is well discussed topic but what can be done to control weapons? Why do people own automatic weapons? Is there any answer. In the UK where gun ownership is essentilly illegal (with exceptions) and so deaths by people using guns is rare. In the US, the constitution allows a well armed 'militia'. What exactly does that mean?. In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. In dicta, the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.
This post is not meant to be an anti United States post, but a discussion on how weapons are controlled.