Today is a great day for America. Today the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms. Gun rights activists will no longer have to argue this point when fighting gun grabbers trying to impose draconian gun control laws on Americans.
The ruling is the result of the Court reviewing Washington D.C.'s extreme handgun law which made it impossible for D.C. citizens to own a handgun legally. As is the case with all gun control laws, D.C.'s criminals had no problem getting handguns or any other kind of firearms. The capital has, and has had for a long time, one of the highest murder rates in the country. In fact, the lawsuit that ultimately came before the Court was filed by D.C. resident Dick Heller after the city denied his application to keep a handgun in his home for protection. "I'm thrilled I am now able to defend myself and my household in my home," Heller exclaimed upon hearing the ruling. Amen brother!
While affirming an individual's right to bear arms this ruling doesn't mean that all restrictions on gun ownership are now unconstitutional. Justice Antonin Scalia, in writing for the majority, stated that their decision in no way "cast[s] doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or [on] laws forbidding the carrying of firearms [into] sensitive places such as schools or government buildings." I suspect gun control advocates won't find that reassurring. Too bad.
Today the Supreme Court got one right, which is an all-too-rare occurrence. And it not only got the law right, it also got a worldview right. By striking down D.C's handgun ban and affirming the people's right to keep arms for personal protection, the Court was unmistakeably repudiating the loony left view that inanimate objects, e.g. guns, and not people cause crime. As mentioned above, Washington D.C.'s handgun ban did nothing to reduce crime. That's because crime originates in the hearts and minds of human beings, not in the objects they use to carry it out.
Blaming lifeless, will-less, tools for the anti-social ends to which they are put is the mother of all cop outs. Liberals cling to it, I believe, because it allows them to retain their utopian view of human nature. Being largely unChristian, liberals deny man's innate capacity for evil and instead blame evil on a corrupt environment. If that environment includes guns, this thinking goes, violent crime is the result. Remove the gun and, supposedly, the urge to commit crime vanishes as well. Crazy, I know. And five of the nine Supreme Court Justices know that, too. Thank God, and long live the Second Amendment!