Monday, November 07, 2011

Christian Science Monitor 2nd Amendment Quiz - My Results


Your results

QuestionYour ResponseCorrect AnswerScore
Which right is protected by the Second Amendment?
Keep and bear arms
Keep and bear arms 
Which is the correct text of the Second Amendment?
“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.”
“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.” 
Constitutional scholars have long debated whether the Second Amendment protects the private possession of firearms or only the possession of firearms in the context of a well-regulated militia. The US Supreme Court examined the question in a 2008 case. What was the name of that landmark decision?
District of Columbia v. Heller
District of Columbia v. Heller 
What issue was at stake in the 2008 Heller case?
All of the above.
All of the above. 
What did the Supreme Court decide in the 2008 case?
Residents of a federal enclave, like Washington, D.C., have a constitutional right to possess handguns and other commonly available firearms for personal protection in their homes.
Residents of a federal enclave, like Washington, D.C., have a constitutional right to possess handguns and other commonly available firearms for personal protection in their homes. 
Prior to 2008, the US Supreme Court last decided a case involving the Second Amendment in 1939. The case, US v. Miller, was a challenge to the constitutionality of the National Firearms Act of 1934. What did that federal law require?
Registration of machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, and other “gangster weapons” carried across state lines.
Registration of machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, and other “gangster weapons” carried across state lines. 
What prompted Congress to pass the National Firearms Act of 1934?
The use of two Thompson submachine guns in Chicago’s 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre.
The use of two Thompson submachine guns in Chicago’s 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre. 
In the 1939 case, US v. Miller, two men were caught with an unlicensed sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun that they had transported from Oklahoma to Arkansas. They claimed the federal license requirement violated their Second Amendment rights. What did the court decide?
A shotgun with a barrel of less than 18 inches lacks any reasonable relationship to a well regulated militia. Since the weapon would not be useful to a militia, it was beyond the protection of the Second Amendment.
A shotgun with a barrel of less than 18 inches lacks any reasonable relationship to a well regulated militia. Since the weapon would not be useful to a militia, it was beyond the protection of the Second Amendment. 
In 2010, the Supreme Court took up another landmark Second Amendment case, McDonald v. Chicago. What was the issue the high court decided?
Whether the court’s 2008 ruling establishing a constitutional right to possess handguns in Washington, D.C., would also apply to all state and local governments across the country.
Whether the court’s 2008 ruling establishing a constitutional right to possess handguns in Washington, D.C., would also apply to all state and local governments across the country. 
Does the Second Amendment guarantee a personal right to own assault rifles, machine guns, and perhaps even shoulder-fired missiles?
Yes.
Probably not. 
In 1994, Congress passed a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. How was Jared Loughner, the accused gunman in the shooting spree involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, able to purchase 30-round magazines for his pistol?
The 1994 federal assault weapons ban and restrictions on large capacity magazines expired in 2004 and have not been renewed by Congress.
The 1994 federal assault weapons ban and restrictions on large capacity magazines expired in 2004 and have not been renewed by Congress. 
According to the National Rifle Association, how many privately-owned guns are currently in the United States?
More than 250 million
More than 250 million 

1 comment:

ambracol said...

Don't you just love these exercises that are supposedly to educate folks - yet get one of the most crucial issues wrong? I answered "Yes" on number ten as well.