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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hurray For the Constitution

You just have to love it when the Supreme Court actually says the US Constitution is correct. In an age where a radical judiciary seeks to legislate from the bench, often in direct opposition to the stated will of the people, it’s nice to have Justices who have the guts to say, “The Constitution really is true.”

In case you haven’t heard, the High Court handed down a decision which states that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting. Now most of us regular folks knew that all along. There’s this thing called the Second Amendment which guarantees that right. But it was nice to see the Supreme Court agree with that Amendment, even if it was by only a 5-4 majority.

Oddly enough, this is the first major decision regarding the “gun rights” issue in the history of these United States. According to a brief AP blurb, “The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791.” Probably because most people understood exactly what this thing meant! It’s hard to argue with plain language, although the liberals love to do it with the First Amendment on a regular basis.

The ruling specifically strikes down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns, while at the same time suggesting that this right does come with some limitations.

Ironically, this all comes at the same time as some other good news for gun owners in Missouri. Today, Gov. Matt Blunt is scheduled to sign into law House Bill 2034, which will make some positive changes to MO’s gun laws.

Those who know me know that I am not a violent sort of person. I’m squeamish enough that I have to leave the room while they put an IV in patients while I’m visiting in the hospital. Needles make me freaky!

But at the same time, the basic right to “bear arms” both for hunting purposes and to protect my family if need be is one that I support with all my being. Obviously, our forefathers did as well, which is why they wrote that Amendment to begin with. And history has proven their wisdom. In most places which are “gun friendly,” allowing concealed carry, etc. crime rates are always lower.

It’s nice to see the judiciary get one right.

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