Life would be simple if pols, judges accepted gun rights as real rights
If lawmakers and judges would simply accept the Second Amendment as lawful and binding, a need for proactive measures to protect our natural and constitutional right to keep and bear arms, would not exist.
Forced to challenge existing Illinois laws that prohibited gun owners from carrying loaded handguns outside their home, the Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org), a legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right to own and possess firearms, sued the Attorney General of the State of Illinois for being in violation of the Second Amendment.
Gun control advocates claim victory when federal district Judge Sue Myerscough, an Obama appointee, on Feb. 3, turned a blind eye to the Second Amendment and ruled that citizens do not have a right to be armed outside of their homes.
“This Court finds that the Illinois Unlawful Use of Weapons’ and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon’ statutes do not violate Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights. The United States Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit have recognized only a Second Amendment core individual right to bear arms inside the home.”
However, the inherent and very real rights contained in the Second Amendment lies in our favor, still; and the SAF on February 6 filed an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb issued this statement:
“The Second Amendment does not say, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed except outside your home or that it only applies inside your house. We don’t check our constitutional rights at the front door.”
Indeed, our Second Amendment right was never intended to place boundaries on our freedom to keep and bear arms.
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” — George Washington
Battling boundaries becomes necessary due to misinformed politicians, and the gun control lobby that support them, who blatantly place restraints on our freedom, in spite of the Constitution’s restriction to do so.
For example; the District of Columbia’s once, all out ban on hand guns, and other limitations on the use of firearms amounted to a lawsuit that questioned the legality of D.C.’s extreme gun control laws.
Gun rights advocates claimed victory when the issue, making its way to the United States Supreme Court, in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), was resolved by the court as follows:
“[T]he Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms and that the city’s total ban on handguns, as well as its requirement that firearms in the home be kept nonfunctional even when necessary for self-defense, violated that right.”
So whether on offense or defense, the battle for firearm freedom continues because we acknowledge and are committed to protecting what our founding fathers figured out more than 220 years ago, the right of the people to keep and bear arms without infringement is key to the success of the Republic.
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. 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” — Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334