Dangerous Dicta

The subject of gun control has been in the news like never before because of the recent deadly shootings at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and near the Empire State Building in New York City.

Liberals, predictably, are calling for more draconian gun laws.

But this doesn’t mean that conservatives—including those who talk incessantly about their reverence for the Constitution—can be trusted when it comes to the subject of gun control.

Those who talk the loudest about the Constitution don’t think it means what it says and says what it means when it comes to the Second Amendment.

Those who pride themselves on being strict constitutionalists don’t strictly follow the Constitution at all when it comes to the Second Amendment.

Those who talk the most about following the Constitution, obeying the Constitution, and discovering the original intent or original meaning of the
Constitution do none of these things when it comes to the Second Amendment.

Those who rail against “judicial activism” and a “living Constitution” are themselves guilty when it comes to the Second Amendment.

All opponents of liberal and progressive cries for more gun control laws appeal to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), in which the Court ruled that “the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” The Court then reaffirmed this opinion in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), and further ruled that the Second Amendment also applies to the states.


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