Monday, June 26, 2017

The 2nd Amendment - a Second-Class Right?

Is the government required, by the 2nd Amendment, to allow us to carry a gun outside the home? The Constitution that provides the basic moral framework of our country says yes. In a 7-2 denial of certiorari, the US Supreme Court says no. 

Justice Thomas dissents, "For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem anti­quated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it. I respectfully dissent."

With today's Supreme Court denial of cert in Peruta vs San Diego, Justice Thomas's dissent brings up a point many of us have been making for years. Liberal politicians, businesspeople, and anti-gun activists who have armed security actively work against the 2nd Amendment rights of the common people. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) said, regarding the NYPD selling bribing citizen’s concealed carry permits: “If it is difficult to get a concealed weapon permit, I’m glad to hear that”, while in the same interview, “I think we deserve, need to be protected down here.”

There is a stark difference between that and Thomas Massie’s response to the Virginia baseball shooting: "I don't want to extend a special privilege just to congressmen. I recognize that everyone has the right to defend themselves, and that's in the Constitution." There’s currently a bill to introduce nationwide Concealed Carry reciprocity in addition to Massie’s new bill for DC to accept all state’s Concealed Carry permits. Sadly, it’s not even just leftists that couldn’t give a shit about the common people. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), understandably concerned about his own security, called for reciprocity for Congress and staffers.

The 2nd Amendment wasn’t written for elites. It was written for the common people to not only defend themselves but also rise against the government should it be needed. The fact that 7 of our 9 Supreme Court justices don’t care that the rights of people in several states are being actively denied proves that it’s not about guns, it’s all about control. I’m reminded of anti-gun politician Leland Yee here. Yee was a Californian State Representative who, despite being publicly anti-gun, sold weapons to terrorists overseas. Or Congress exempting itself from Obamacare AND Trumpcare.

The Political Elite do not care about you, me, or Joe Schmoe down the street. They have private security. “What’s that? You can’t afford armed guards? Too bad. Guns for me, but not for thee.”