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Sunday, June 29, 2008

The DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ET AL. v. HELLER


The Second Amendment Applies to US!


This landmark decision of the US Supreme Court is perhaps the best news that American gun owners have received, since that disputed Amendment was written. Disputed? Yes, but only recently in the timeline of events that comprise the American Story.


I will not attempt to dissect and comment upon on each facet of the Supreme Court's one hundred and fifty seven page opinion. The world's best and brightest legal minds will expend incomprehensible amounts of time, money and intellectual horsepower toward that end. For those who haven't read it yet, you may simply click on the blue header above for the full text of the opinion.


For 'regular people' like me, the bigger question is this-


How on earth did we arrive the point where these twenty seven simple, carefully written words required a one hundred and fifty seven page legal opinion, in order for them to 'make sense'?


"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."


I am fifty two years old this fall. As a child, I spent significant time around my Grandmother; a product of the late 1800's. She was literate but not highly educated'; yet she didn't have any trouble at all understanding that it was the individual rights of individual citizens which the Bill of Rights was forged to protect. My parents didn't have any problem understanding it. In fact, you would find few 'salt of the earth' Americans, since the nation's birth, who experienced any difficulty understanding it at all.


The reason is that these people possessed the ability to believe in absolutes. Those earlier generations were not corrupted, intellectually and morally, by a liberal academia and an equally liberal media. They weren't distracted by an entertainment industry bent on destroying their moral fiber and sending the country straight to hell with an efficiency heretofore unimaginable.


Two sterling examples of the mindset produced by a liberal education system appear below:


Specifically, there is no indication that the Framers of the Amendment intended to enshrine the common-law right of self-defense in the Constitution.”-Justice Stevens


The reason there is no clearly superior, less restrictive alternative to the District’s handgun ban is that the ban’s very objective is to reduce significantly the number of handguns in the District, say, for example, by allowing a law enforcement officer immediately to assume that any handgun he sees is an illegal handgun. And there is no plausible way to achieve that objective other than to ban the guns.”-Justice Breyer


According to Title 28, Chapter I, Part 453 of the United States Code, each Supreme Court Justice takes the following oath:


"I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.''


That Oath apparently has no meaning to elitists who would re-write the Constitution from the bench.


American gun owners 'won' Heller and we can be thankful for that.


But how close were we to losing the rights that generations of Americans have fought and died for? We were within one vote of the Supreme Court- that's how close. Let the Scales of Supreme Justice tip just eleven percent further to the left- and we will soon have no rights at all.


From here on out, we had better pay close attention to who will be making Supreme Court appointments; and equally close attention to the yammerings of our elected idiots in the Senate, during the confirmation process.


Assuming, of course, that we can tear ourselves away from American Idol.

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