Today, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court handed down an historical ruling concerning the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Thirty two years ago the city of Washington, D.C. enacted a ban on the possession of hand guns within the city limits of the nation's capital. The final word came down within the city limits of that city in at the Supreme Court -- the city's ban on hand gun ownership is a violation of the Constitution.
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.
Those 27 words say more than the whole four-page body of the Constitution. The men who wrote the Second Amendment knew the importance of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. There was no ambiguity in those words. They are clear, straight forward and they mean exactly what they say.
Of course the Founding Fathers hoped that the common sense of their day would remain as common down through the years. The one thing they couldn't foresee was the advent of ultra-left wing thinking. They hoped that the parents who lived through the Revolution would willingly pass down from generation to generation the horrors of life under the rule of the King of England. History, however, tells a much different story. As children came of age in the young America, they began to think differently than their parents. As generations passed, the need to retell the story of the birth of America fell by the wayside and was left to those authors who wrote the records of history.
The simple truth of the Second Amendment is Americans have the Constitutional Right to own a firearm in order to maintain security within a free state. Our Constitution is unique in that it is an atypical government establishment. In ever other nation in the world since the beginning of time, the government has told the people what they are allowed to do and what they cannot do. Only the Constitution of the United States of America reverses that concept. The people of America hold ALL of the governing power and the government is told by the people what it can and cannot do. The Tenth Amendment spells that out as clearly as the Second Amendment spells out gun ownership
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Those words assure the people that the government cannot and should not interfere in the business matters of honest citizens. But when the government -- federal, state or municipal -- treds on the rights of the people, it is the people who must stand up and say "that is wrong and the Constitution says so!"
The Supreme Court was established to decide when the government was out of line, not when the people were out of line. Washington, D. C.'s gun ban was a gross step out of line by that city's government and the Supreme Court did its job correctly.
With one little caveat: the ruling should have been 9-0 against the ban.
The liberal justices on the Supreme Court are morons. There, it has been said. They are beholden to the liberal mindset that says guns are bad and should be banned. Banning guns to stop violent crime is like banning condoms to stop prostitution. Liberals cannot get it through their heads that criminals are going to commit crimes regardless of whether they use a gun or another weapon. Sure guns are the easiest weapon of choice, but how many criminals want their vicitims to be armed? An unarmed victim is a criminal's favorite target. More studies than can be counted on one hand have proven conclusively that cities where gun control laws are relaxed and gun ownership is not inhibited crime rates are actually lower than in places were laws are strict. Washington, D. C. is a perfect test case in this argument. Washington has the highest crime rates in the nation simply because the criminals know citizens are not armed and cannot defend themselves. Contrast that with Kennesaw, Georgia where crime dropped 89% after the passing of a 1982 city ordinance requiring the head of every household in the city to possess a firearm and related ammunition. To give a bit of persepctive, Kennesaw is now considered a suburb of Atlanta -- much like Pasadena is a suburb of Los Angeles.
Liberals and anti-gun whiners cried at the ruling by the Supreme Court saying they are disappointed. The mayor of Washington, Adrian Fenty believes that allowing private citizens to have guns will lead to more gun violence. Simply, that kind of head-in-the-sand logic thinks that having schools hand out condoms will reduce teen pregnancy.
This decision is a call to all Americans to wake up and start using common sense again. If people would use common sense, the government wouldn't need to have so many stupid rules and regulations in place.
Having the ban overturned is a great day for America. I am considering going out and buying that Glock 17 I've had my eye on for about 15 years.