Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Pro-Second Newspaper Editorial!?!?

Cincinnati’s newspaper, The Enquirer, recently ran a true pro-Second Amendment editorial entitled "High court should shoot down handgun ban" by Peter Bronson. This editorial is one of the first truly honest Second Amendment pieces I’ve seen in print (that wasn’t submitted by a reader, the NRA, or GOA) in quite some time. The editorial takes a tongue in cheek but unfortunately all too accurate look at how the media reports firearms related stories, and then commentary on the upcoming Heller decision.

The piece starts with “A gun owner's glossary for understanding politics and the press”, some highlights:

"Assault rifles: An ordinary semi-automatic that politicians and mediacrats want to outlaw if it looks like a military full automatic - although it doesn't fire any faster than a common semi-automatic .22 varmint gun.

"Gun nut: Anyone who owns anything more powerful than a Daisy BB gun.

"The First Amendment: Sacred wisdom in the Bill of Rights that protects the freedom of the press.

"The Second Amendment: A mistake that should be deleted, according to newspaper editorials that are protected by the First Amendment."

Mr. Bronson believes that five or six justices will rule in favor of an individual right to keep and bear arms. Based on my reading of the arguments a few months ago, I think he has the spread about right. What amazes me is that this will not be a 9-0 decision in favor of an individual right. Framer’s intent is quite clear on this issue, and it appears that any dissenting justices are undergoing rigorous mental gymnastics to over-rule Framer’s intent on this issue, including the "militia intent" of the Second.

Scalia’s comments on the militia argument are dead on:

"But why isn't it perfectly plausible, indeed reasonable, to assume that since the framers knew that the way militias were destroyed by tyrants in the past was not by passing a law against militias, but by taking away the people's weapons - that was the way militias were destroyed? The two clauses go together beautifully: Since we need a militia, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

The article also cites a 1942 case that affirmed it was Constitutional to own a .30 caliber revolver. The author strongly believes that the Court will once again uphold the individual right affirmed by the Second Amendment, with the telling caveat:

"If they don't, the Second Amendment will be shredded - and the rest of our liberties will be less secure."

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Good to see a pro-Second Amendment editorial out there for once. Far too many newspapers, especially in large metropolitan areas, seem to be on the payroll of the anti-Second Amendment movement.

Until next time!!!

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