November 28, 2007
• What can you do?
The following is a letter that I have written to my local newspaper and congressmen regarding the up coming Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment. If you, as an American, do nothing, then you will truly deserve what you get. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to rule on a Second Amendment case early next year. The District of Columbia, in Parker v. D.C., is seeking to force a show down on its 1976 absolute ban on handguns. Now it looks as though the Supreme Court will be brought into the anti-gun fracas as the District of Columbia seeks a supreme ruling, extending the gun ban in perpetuity.
What D.C.’s ban was theoretically intended to do was decrease the shameful number of murders involving handguns, each year. Well, that was the theory. Now, some 30 years after the ban, we know empirically that murder rates did not decrease, but actually increased ever year but one since 1976. In fact, murder rates trended down in the 5 years preceded the ban.
Did the genius social experiment of removing guns from the hands of law-bidding citizens work? Clearly not. What the law did do was to strip good citizens of the constitutional and natural right of self-preservation and defense.
Lawmakers in D.C. would clearly rather have you cower in a corner of your home, as criminals pillage your family and house. They want you to be made 100% dependent on the police to run to your aide if you are attacked. The harsh reality is that your 911 call to dial-a-prayer may be too little too late.
The Bill of Rights (1-10) was specifically drafted by James Madison to be individual rights and not collective rights. We know that Madison drew generously on similar documents such as the English Bill of Rights. It is utter nonsense for the Second Amendment to stand out as the lone exception to the founders “individual” Bill of Rights.
What should worry Americans is that an activist and philosophically divided Supreme Court is set to possibly re-interpret one of our most sacred rights – the “individual” right of the people to keep and bear arms. Make no mistake; this court has a dubious history of being anything but supreme in it’s elitist interpretation of the Constitution. Let’s not forget this same court in 1940 so perverted the free exercise clause of the 1st amendment that entire generations of Americans now take as gospel the myth that separation of church and state was actually written into our constitution. The phrase “separation of church and state” was never used in the constitution.
As in D.C., here in Washington, many shop owners have taken to hanging, “No Guns Allowed,” signs on their businesses. How incredibly naive for these owners to think their signs will ward off a criminal act with a gun. I find it personally insulting that a law-bidding citizen that has been through the concealed carry permitting course, has no criminal record and that has his or her finger prints and photograph on file with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, be shown the door.