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June 30, 2008
Gun Rights Upheld:
Can You Hear Liberals Squealing?
The Supreme Court’s
5-4 decision upholding the right of the people to keep and bear arms,
even in the District of Columbia, has made liberals across the country
squeal even louder than they did when the Soviet Union collapsed.
The case originated
with a “Special Police Officer” named Dick Heller, who carries a handgun
as part of his duties, when he requested a permit to store his firearm
in his Washington D.C. residence for self-protection. The city denied
Heller the permit. He sued, and the District Court ruled against him.
But his appeal was granted by the D.C. Court of Appeals based on the
Second Amendment. Both the District of Columbia and Heller asked the
Supreme Court to review the matter and it agreed. To the chagrin of
liberals everywhere, the high court upheld the appellate court’s
decision and ruled against the city.
Prior to the ruling,
in the highly unlikely event Heller had received a permit to
store his handgun at home, a condition of the permit was that the
handgun must be unloaded, disassembled or a trigger-locking device be
placed on it. So, in the mind of anti-gun liberals, in the highly
likely event you need to protect yourself while residing in the
District, and someone breaks into your residence while you’re in bed,
you would have to reassemble the parts to the handgun, load it or fumble
for a key in the dark to remove the trigger lock while hoping the
intruder doesn’t shoot you first with his fully assembled and loaded
If you were a burglar
and knew that residents in Washington D.C. did not have firearms that
could be used against you, wouldn’t that be your city of choice to
commit burglaries? You wouldn’t consider burglarizing homes across the
Potomac River in nearby Northern Virginia where the average homeowner
most likely has at least one gun to use in self-defense.
For years, liberals
have ignored constitutional rights they don’t believe you should have,
and created other rights that do not exist. The right to privacy and the
right to abortion on demand come to mind. Neither is mentioned in the
Liberals believe the
people cannot function without government intervention and regulation.
People cannot be trusted to make the right decisions. Even an off-duty
police officer like Heller was not trusted to safely store and use a
handgun in his home for self-defense. If Jesus Christ was a resident of
the District, he couldn’t get a permit to store a gun, either.
In his majority
opinion, Justice Anthony Scalia made it clear that “. . . what is not
debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the
Second Amendment extinct.” Amen, brother.
politicians are squealing from coast to coast after learning that the
justices actually read and comprehended the Constitution. Justice Scalia
wrote that the justices were . . . “guided by the principle that the
Constitution was written to be understood by the voters . . .” Despite
this, the four hardcore liberals on the bench didn’t understand what
“the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”
meant. If switch hitter Justice Kennedy hadn’t sided with the four
strict constructionists this time, the Second Amendment of the original
Bill of Rights would have been essentially declared unconstitutional by
the liberal wing of the Supreme Court.
Now Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley and other likeminded do-gooders vow to fight the
decision and keep handguns out of the hands of their constituents.
Exactly how they intend to do that is a mystery in light of the fresh
Supreme Court ruling.
Association President Wayne LaPierre said, “I consider this the opening
salvo in a step-by-step process of providing relief for law-abiding
Americans everywhere that have been deprived of this freedom.” The NRA
will try to make up for decades of lost time.
No matter where you
stand on this case, the fact that the Supreme Court ruled according to
the literal words in the Constitution is a refreshing precedent that
should be followed by the lower courts.
Barack Obama claims he
favors the ruling, despite being on record in favor of a total ban on
the manufacture and sales of firearms. He doesn’t trust the people. You
know – the people who cling to their guns and religion during hard
times. A President Obama will nominate liberal judges who don’t
understand plain English, either.
Gregory D. Lee is a
nationally syndicated columnist for North Star Writers Group and can be
reached through his website: www.gregorydlee.com.
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