Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NRA Files Brief on McDonald v. Chicago

The NRA has recently filed a brief in the case of McDonald v. Chicago. This particular brief should be required reading for any individual who values and cherishes their right to self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms. Reading through the variety of case law cited in this brief makes me shake my head in disbelief as to how we as a nation could have strayed so far from original intent regarding the Second Amendment. I would find it hard to believe that such a case needs be brought at all if I didn’t know the mental gymnastics many in this nation go to in order to deprive Americans of their inalienable rights.

Of the numerous precedents cited, perhaps the most powerful stem from post Civil War cases and legislation where freedmen in the South were being denied the right to keep and bear arms based purely on race. It was widely understood then that the Second Amendment affirmed a universal right; a right which was being denied to African Americans by racist state governments. Somehow between then and now individuals concerned about Civil Rights seem to have forgotten the Second Amendment.

I have high hopes for the upcoming case, but still believe at least four of the justices on the Supreme Court will vote against your individual rights just as they did on Heller. We have to remain vigilant and ensure that the judiciary continues to respect the rights of the individual Americans. Demand that your Senators continue to examine any future judicial nominees at all levels with that goal in mind.

Until next time!!!

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