Supreme Court Rules on Handgun Ban
Anyone that follows gun news at all has known about the case before the Supreme Court about the gun ban in Washington, DC. Basically, the law stated that if you owned a handgun, it had to be disassembled and unloaded when it was in your home. This way, they can ensure that you’re defenseless if you’re attacked while in your home by those who didn’t comply with the ban.
But I digress. On Thursday the Supreme Court ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. They ruled that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution actually means what it says – that you and I as individuals have the right to keep and bear arms. They said that what Congress did when they drafted the amendment was "to codify a pre-existing right, rather than to fashion a new one." That right is one guaranteed by God as the basic right to self-defense.
A couple of things are disheartening to me about this case, however. They took no position on on whether it was right or wrong for the federal or state governments to regulate guns. Also (and this bothers me most), the ruling was barely in favor of the Constitution, with a 5-4 vote. In other words, 4 of the Supreme Court justices who took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States ruled that it didn’t mean what it actually says and wanted to take away our best means of self-defense.
The four dissenters completely ignored the ideas behind the 2nd Amendment. They ignored what great men said about our ability to defend ourselves, not only from burglars and other bad guys, but from our own government. Maybe that is what they are afraid of…