Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ninth, 10th amendments important too: "The Ninth and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution don't receive as much attention as their siblings in the Bill of Rights, but they are no less important in the day-to-day lives of citizens in our community. The two amendments are similar in that they don't specifically spell out rights available to Americans. Rather they address rights and powers that had not been previously addressed by the Constitution or the earlier amendments. ... Another example of how the Ninth Amendment affects daily life is in the right to bear arms. Peter Goudinoff, a former UA political-science professor and former state legislator, said most people cite the Second Amendment, which specifically grants the right to bear arms, as the reason gun ownership is legal. But Goudinoff said the right of self-defense, which is protected by the Ninth Amendment, is what actually gives people the right to have a means of self-defense, meaning they can possess a gun."

TX: Resident shoots man on his property: "The two warning signs at Abel Sisneros home should be enough for trespassers. The sign of the front door says: 'Warning. Nothing inside is worth risking your life for. Owners of this property are armed and highly skilled to protect life, liberty and property from criminal attacks.'And consider the sign on the front window: 'No trespassing. Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again.'But Sisneros, 25, said Thursday he still had to shoot a man in his home early Thursday after the man broke down the front door and entered the home. 'With all those signs, he still tried to get in,' said Sisneros, an AutoZone sales manager who goes to the firing range at least once a month. 'I can't believe it.'"

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