Thursday, June 26, 2008

Second Amendment Survives!

There is still sanity on the Supreme Court. By a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a gun owner's individual right to own a firearm. This ruling overturned Washington D.C.'s strictest in the nation gun control law, where guns could only be owned if stored disassembled without ammunition, essentially making them useless.

This decision is of tremendous significance for several reasons. First and foremost, the Constitution, which usually is treated like toilet paper by SCOTUS most of the time, was actually read with the original intent of the founding fathers. Clearly, the founding fathers appreciated the need for individuals to arm themselves against all enemies, foreign or domestic. Indeed, the seizing of arms and Lexington and Concord by the British triggered the Revolutionary War. The only way to guarantee liberty was to have an armed citizenry ready to fight if the government became too intrusive. So important was this concept that Thomas Jefferson wrote it early into the Bill of Rights.

Another incredibly important facet of this decision is now every single gun control law will face serious scrutiny. No longer can cities blatantly stomp on the individual's right to own a handgun. Expect hundreds of draconian gun control laws to be contested in court over the next few years. Also, overzealous liberal city councilman and state legislators must know that any future gun control legislation will be contested by using this decision as precedent.

Last, but certainly not least, this decision shows that Presidential elections truly matter. Had John Kerry been elected in 2004, there would have been two flaming liberal justices instead of the incredible Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito. Say what you want about George W. Bush, but know this: without him winning in 2004 the Constitution as we know would have been shredded today.

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