The Supreme Court upheld the Second Amendment right of all Americans to bear arms for the first time on Monday, while reviewing a restrictive handgun law in Chicago. The 5-4 ruling does not affect gun control measures outside of firearm bans.
Which means that there are four justices on the bench that would have Americans abandon the most valuable tool they possess in defending their liberty. The Second Amendment ensures that we keep all of the other amendments we've grown so fond of -- like the freedom of speech or the right to a fair and timely trial.
After all, those in power won't dare take away our God given, Constitution-protected rights so long as We the People have the ability to resist. What happens if the government takes away our right to vote, or our right to practice our own religions, if the law-abiding citizens have no guns? We can call the lawyers, but is anyone really afraid of lawyers?
Do you really want to have to trust the government that much? Or wouldn't it be better to know that if a group of power-hungry people were to get in control, we'd have the ultimate ability to resist them if need be? As Americans, we get to make one last stand against tyranny, rather than submit or be killed.
Thomas Jefferson said it himself:
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
Just look at history. Germany had a gun ban prior to World War II. Ask Holocaust survivors how that worked out for them. Ask Neda how the gun ban in Iran has been working. Oh wait. You can't ask her. She's dead. Ask the law-abiding citizens of Chicago, where the gun crime rate is significantly higher than the national average.
In addition to being the ultimate tool against tyranny, allowing civilian gun ownership is just good common sense in the fight against crime.
I live in California, where it's illegal to carry a concealed weapon. Criminals know this. Potential rapists, murderers, and/or kidnappers know this. If I'm walking down the street to my car after a night hanging out with my friends, maybe a little bit later than I had intended, someone wanting to do me bodily harm knows that I don't have a substantial weapon in my purse.
Even if I chose not to carry, I'd feel (at least slightly) safer knowing that a super-bad dude might have to wonder if I was carrying. It's just plain old common sense.
Thank you Justice Roberts, Justice Alito, Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy, and Justice Thomas for upholding the Constitution. And congratulations to the city of Chicago, which is sure to see its crime rate fall drastically in the coming years.
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