Letter of Advocacy Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Letter of Advocacy
An appeal to US Governors to advocate for the right of convicted criminals who have served their time to be allowed to carry arms.
# 144953 | 1,845 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 20, 2010 in Law (Criminal) , Law (Constitution) , Hot Topics (Gun Control)

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This paper is in the form of an open letter to a Governor of any USA state to encourage consideration for reinstating the right to bear arms for the individual who has been convicted of a felony but has served his sentence for a non-violent crime and has been crime-free for ten years. The letter also provides information from various authoritative sources to support this proposition and specifically that those convicted of a non-violent criminal offense should be reinstated with the right to bear arms upon having served their sentence and have lived a 'clean' life for a minimum of ten years.

From the Paper:

''In fact, the Solicitar General Olson stated in his advisement to the Supreme Court that the Second Amendment effectively "protects the rights of individuals to possess their private firearms, regardless whether they are in a militia." (Gottlieb-Tartaro Report, 2002) The case law cited by Olson to the Supreme Court was that of U.S. v. Emerson. This case involved a constitutional challenge in the form of a federal law that places a prohibition on the ownership of guns by citizens who are under restraining orders in a civil court and specifically in a divorce case and this is true whether they have ever been convicted of a crime or whether they have never been convicted of a crime.
''This law however, was held by a Texas district judge to violate the Second Amendment rights of Dr. Timothy Joe Emerson. Emerson had been acquitted of all charges in the state court. This case had been appealed by the Clinton administration Justice Department to New Orleans Fifth Circuit in New Orleans which reversed and remanded the case of Emerson back to the Texas court in 2001 and simultaneously affirming the opinion of District Judge Sam Cummings who held that the Second Amendment is indeed an individual right of the American citizen and a right that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Halbrook, S.P. (2006) Logan v. United States of America; U.S. Supreme Court of the United States (2006) In the Supreme Court of the United States. On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Brief for Amicus Curiae National Rifle Association of American, Inc. in Support of Petitioner.
  • The Insiders Guide for Gun Owners (2002) The Gottlieb Tartaro Report Issue 090, June 2002. Second Amendment Foundation.
  • Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the US (2003) Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. Online available at: http://www.tribalwar.com/forums/archive/t-535122.html

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