Thursday, June 26, 2008

VICTORY!!! 2nd Amendment Affirmed!!!

It’s all over the news this morning, the DC Gun Ban does (or I guess now DID as it has been overturned by the highest court in the land) violate the individual right to keep and bear arms. The only disturbing aspect of the decision is that it was a 5-4 decision, why not 9-0???

Even a cursory investigation into the history of the Second Amendment and Framers intent quickly demonstrates that the framers saw the right to keep and bear arms as a fundamental individual right. The British Crown had attempted to disarm Colonial militias (and thereby quashing any chance the American Colonies had of resisting British tyranny or declaring independence) by disarming individual citizens. Therefore the Framers wisely saw an armed populace as one that could not by cowed as they would be able to stand up for their own liberty.

As with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, and freedom of the press, the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental cornerstone of the American Republic. The Supreme Court had an opportunity to unambiguously and without dissent re-affirm one of the basic, inalienable rights affirmed (not granted!) by our Constitution. Unfortunately there seems to be more than ample dissent on this case, and I’ll be reading their arguments carefully to help identify where the next attack on our liberties will come from.

Watch this space for more as I read through the decision!!!

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