Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Court Gets Something Right

The U.S. Supreme Court just handed down a 5-4 landmark decision today, holding that the Second Amendment actually means what it says. They actually had the nerve to declare that the phrase "the right to bear arms shall not be infringed" should be interpreted to mean that "the right to bear arms shall not be infringed." This is quite shocking.

Liberals contend that the Second Amendment is "outdated" and "no longer relevant" because the founders only intended it to apply to the creation of state militias. I guess that's why Thomas Jefferson wrote this in 1764: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man"

...this in 1785: "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the Body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind . . . Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

...and this in 1824: "The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."


Ryan said...

Yeah, I'm really happy with it, yet at the same time it's ridiculous that it was even a discussion. Those Jefferson quotes are badass.

Ty said...

Wait a second... MY Supreme Court actually read the Constitution and made a rational ruling on it? There's hope for us yet.

Still scratching my head reading those dissenting opinions...

MacKenzie said...

They sure have been busy lately with this ruling and yesterday's ruling regarding child rapists.