Today’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in favor of the 2nd Amendment as an individual right is being hailed as a victory for gun rights advocates. However, this verdict has far from carved in stone the individual right to bear arms. Let us forget for a second that the right of self defense comes from the Natural Law and pretend this is nothing but a privilege granted by a bureaucrat (which is exactly what Progressives on the bench believe). All the Supreme Court did today was send the case back to the lower courts and the local jurisdictions where the language of any new gun bans can be amended and deliberated once again. The bureaucrats still have control over rights you are born with. The court did not prohibit states or municipalities from enacting tough gun laws that through onerous overhead could become defacto bans. The highest court failed to make statutory your right not to be a defenseless slave or ward of the state. The court said outright bans without procedures for gun ownership are Unconstitutional; however those procedures can be virtually prohibitive if a local government so chooses. It is concerning that not only was the verdict so close and split right down party lines as usual but that it still leaves open the possibility for harsh restrictions in the future. Even after 2 major Supreme Court verdicts against the gun grabbing crowd, your rights are far from safe. Even if you have the right to ownership (after jumping through untold numbers of hoops) a local ordinance could basically render a gun inoperable in an emergency situation through heavy handed regulations such as was the case in Washington D.C. prior to the Heller decision. Ownership could be allowed, but only if the weapon is stored disassembled and locked potentially.
Every single Amendment in the Bill of Rights deals specifically with the rights of the individual and what the state can not do in order to destroy these rights. It is only the 2nd Amendment that is ever seriously challenged as an individual right. Nobody ever proposes that it would be legal or Constitutional to allow certain municipalities to deny the right to free speech because it is understood that free speech is a natural right and can not be decided by the whims of local politicians. Nobody ever proposes suspending the right to a speedy trial in just the City of Chicago, yet this is common place for the 2nd Amendment. It is easy to see why the 2nd Amendment is so vital in the designs of Progressives. As Justice Clearance Thomas noted in the majority decision, the only thing that prevented African-Americans from returning to bondage after emancipation was the right to bear arms and to prevent the slave masters from returning for their “property”.
The Supreme Court ruled for the first time Monday that the Second Amendment provides all Americans a fundamental right to bear arms, a long-sought victory for gun rights advocates who have chafed at federal, state and local efforts to restrict gun ownership.
The court was considering a restrictive handgun law in Chicago and one of its suburbs that was similar to the District law that it ruled against in 2008. The 5 to 4 decision does not strike any other gun control measures currently in place, but it provides a legal basis for challenges across the country where gun owners think that government has been too restrictive.
“It is clear that the Framers . . . counted the right to keep and bear arms among those fundamental rights necessary to our system of ordered liberty,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the conservatives on the court.
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