June 19th, 2008

Heller vs. D.C. – A Supreme Court Case to Root For

In mere days we should hear the ruling that could forever change the way guns rights are viewed in this nation—either way. Dick Heller is challenging the District of Columbia’s ban on individual possession and use of firearms, in the home or otherwise. This ban–which has been in place for more than 30 years–has left virtually all D.C. citizens helpless and hopeless as they struggle to live in one of the most unique areas of the U.S.

You see, D.C., neither a part of a state, nor it’s own state or country, and as such has become the farthest thing from a model citizen. Our nation’s capital city is probably one of the furthest examples of democracy and freedom that our founding fathers intended as they risked their entire future on our conveniences today. Personal freedoms being infringed, the Bill of Rights being trampled on, and crime that would put New York to shame…well, it soon may all come to an end. A ruling from the Supreme Court on the matter is imminent, the possibility of the Justices indicating that D.C.’s infringement on the Bill of Rights is in fact unconstitutional could be likely.

That’s right, we may finally have our highest court rule that you and I, in fact, are legally entitled to lay claim on our God Given Rights to protect our own lives, the lives of our loved ones, and the property which we work hard to acquire from the criminally minded thieving thugs who would just as soon take your life so they can take your stereo.

D.C. has had their day in the sand box. Actually, they’ve had their 11,682 days in the sand box, according to my calculations. And what have we seen? A steady, statistical rise in murders, violent crimes, and gun related deaths since June 26, 1976 – ironically nearly 32 years ago to the day (oh the irony if they came out with a favorable ruling next Thursday, on the 32nd anniversary!). In fact, the crime rates (murders included) were on a decline until the ban was made effective put into effect, just like England, just like Australia, and just like Canada. We have three countries probably most closely relating our own, and we have seen in no uncertain terms that gun control does not work in reducing crime. In fact, it has statistically shown exactly the opposite.

Now is the time for us to take back our 2nd Amendment rights, and fight for the freedoms that our founding fathers first fought for. That glorious piece of paper does not exist to tell us what we can or cannot do. The Bill of Rights is simply there to inform the governing body of politicians and judges what God has told us already – Our Rights as Human Beings. These, my friends, are our rights, and they are not to be trampled on. Blood has been spilt already to establish that these are our freedoms. Let us not forsake them so easily as our distant cousins across the pond. We will regret it, much as they do now. Stand up and let your voice be heard.

Freedom walks a fine line between comfort and complacency. Complacency has never bought anything more than the abolishment of comfort and freedom. Where will you stand when the chips have fallen?

Read the Transcript of the Oral Arguments in front of the Supreme Court
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