In a previous post, I mentioned that the idea that an amendment doesn't have credibility until the Supreme court decides on it is ludicrous. Despite this fact, all constitutionalists are able to take joy in knowing that this session has delivered a blow to the factions that would see the American populace helpless at the hands of non-law abiding citizens. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the ban on ownership of hand guns and the storage of other guns is unconstitutional. The majority opinion stressed that this decision is based primarily on self-defense to thwart future assertions that it actually was intended for hunting. What is interesting about this is that the toughest ban on gun ownership exists in Washington D.C. and has since 1976. Yet during this time D.C. has become one of the most violent cities to live in. Why is this. Because the people that obey the law have no defense against the criminals that get guns because they don't care what the law is to begin with. I predict that crime will go down in D.C. as a result of this ruling.
What I am disappointed about is that the really true nature of the 2nd amendment goes unspoken and untaught. John Locke, whose writings were part of the foundation of our government, wrote that the people should have the means to overthrow a government out of control. Since our founder's fought the revolution against a government that they felt tyrannical, they wanted to assure future generations this same opportunity. The 2nd amendment is another check on government. The dissenting opinion in this case cited that the founding father's would never have foreseen urban violence. What the founding father's did foresee is government out of control and too activists courts. The constitution is there to tightly reign in their power. Because we have been told that we are too ignorant to understand such documents as the constitution, we have abdicated the responsibility of understanding it to 9 unelected judges in black robes.
Today was a victory for gun ownership, but the victory didn't come as vindication for the true meaning of the 2nd amendment. When you buy a gun and have to register it, just remember that it isn't true freedom yet.