Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Right to Bear Arms

The latest Supreme Court debate on the Second Amendment centers around the constitutionality of Washington, D.C.'s gun ban which was put in place ostensibly to reduce D.C.'s notorious gun violence. It has failed miserably. Guns can easily be purchased in neighboring Virginia or Maryland and brought in by those who A.) wish to protect themselves or B.) those who wish to make trouble. And which group do you think will be more likely to break the gun ban?

Don't get me wrong, I would love it if we could live in a society completely free of gun violence so there would be no need to have them for self defense. But with nearly as many guns as citizens, America, gun control supporters must realize that no matter how man restrictive laws are passed, people will always have guns in this country. The NRA has made it cliche, but if you take guns away from law abiding citizens, then only outlaws will have them.

Oh, and I almost forgot, our right to own firearms is guaranteed by the Constitution:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

And I found this cartoon that is, like, totally right wing gun loving, but whatever:

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