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Sunday, March 11, 2007

A Win for the Second Amendment

I saw this on Friday, but was busy with touring and such.

It's about time we had a win for the Second Amendment. I, for one, am too weary to speak of the bullshit we hear about the Second Amendment applying only to "state militias". Governments at all levels need to get their grimy paws off of the guns of American citizens.
March 9 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. appeals court struck down a three-decade-old District of Columbia law that bans residents from keeping a handgun in their homes, saying the Constitution's Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington also threw out a district law requiring registered firearms to be kept disassembled or under trigger lock.

It's the first time a federal appeals court has struck down a gun-control measure on Second Amendment grounds. Nelson Lund, a constitutional law professor at George Mason University in neighboring Virginia, said an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is "very likely."
This may be the first time a law has been struck down on Second Amendment grounds, but it's DEFINITELY not the first time a law has NEEDED to be. Let's get started on the rest, and right away.
Lawyers for the District of Columbia, which banned residents from owning handguns in 1976 for public safety reasons, argued that the amendment guarantees the right to bear arms only for members of a militia.
OK. So what if I start a militia tomorrow ... how exactly do you figure I'm going to get my hands on the appropriate weaponry if you've banned the owning of guns? Morons. Oh yeah, and exactly how do you expect taking away people's ability to defend themselves to improve "public safety"? Who's the knucklehead that dreamed that one up?
Judge Karen Henderson dissented, saying that because the capital district isn't a state, the Second Amendment doesn't apply to it.
Here's a good one. The Second Amendment applies only to people who live and work in the 50 states, and the unalienable rights guaranteed by the Constitutiona and the Bill of Rights (the Second Amendment in particular). It doesn't apply to our nation's capital? You can own weapons anywhere in the US except Washington, DC? What a fucking joke.
Most U.S. appeals courts to consider the issue have said the Second Amendment preserves state militias and doesn't protect individual rights.
Yeah, well most U.S. appeals courts are full of shit. The Second Amendment doesn't say anything about state militas, in case you didn't know.

For the good of the American people, this decision must be upheld. It is truly a victory for the Constitution and the people of this great country.