On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dealt the City of Chicago and tony North Shore enclaves like Evanston, Wilmette, and Winnetka a terrible blow.
I am sorry to report that those communities may very soon have to start abiding by the Bill of Rights.
You may have heard the phrase “Honey, call the lawyers” reverberating up the Lake Michigan shoreline on Friday as the D.C. Appeals Court struck down the Washington, D.C. handgun ban and declared that the Second Amendment is an individual right.
The court rightly rejected the flimsy argument that the “right to bear arms” is strictly a collective right, as the Sarah Brady crowd contends. In order to be intellectually consistent, application of the gun grabbers’ collective right theory would necessitate one believing that women’s suffrage as provided by the 19th Amendment provides all women with the right to vote but does not permit any individual woman to vote. Any takers?
Let me slow down, however, for our friends in the listening audience who attended New Trier High School. The “Second Amendment” to which I referred is part of a document called the U.S. Constitution. It’s not in Oprah’s Book Club so it’s unlikely part of the North Shore curriculum, but it is actually quite a good read.
Ironically — and this again is for the New Trier kids — I’m actually talking about the very same document your teachers invoke when they want the school district to pay for their sex change operation or when they enlist your help to burn an American flag during homeroom.
Hardly a bastion of conservative orthodoxy, the D.C. Appeals Court nonetheless concluded the obvious — people have a right to protect themselves and their families.
While this is not a revelation to the 38 states with laws that pre-empt local gun bans or the 48 states that allow for some form of right-to-carry, Illinois is as per usual the slow learner.
Long the national leader in meddlesome busy-bodies who fashion themselves constitutional scholars, Illinois was home to the first community to impose a handgun ban when Morton Grove did so in 1981. Their trend-sucking dilettante neighbors to the east and north soon followed suit.
In 2003, the People’s Republic of Wilmette made a national spectacle of their ignorance when tribal elders attempted to prosecute a man for using a handgun to defend himself and his children from an intruder in their home.
The D.C. Appeals Court decision is not the final word, however. But it does set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to codify every individual’s God-given right to self protection once and for all.
Let’s hope the high court does so. Chicagoland’s self-styled illuminati have had Madison, Jefferson and Franklin spinning in their graves for long enough.