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Liberty Wins a Big One

Liberty Wins a Big One

Making Sense, by Michael Reagan

Liberals, who hate guns almost as much as they hate cars, got a well-deserved lesson in Second Amendment rights when the Supreme Court spit in their face by ruling that the Constitution really does guarantee the right of Americans to own guns.

The ruling, which struck down the District of Columbia's laws almost totally restricting handgun ownership, affirmed the traditional view that the Second Amendment means exactly what it says when it guarantees "the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

The avid gun-grabbers have long insisted that the accompanying clause, 'A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state" restricts the right to bear arms to members of said militia -- a sophistry in view of the fact that at the time the amendment was adopted, the 'militia' included all able-bodied adult white males.

As Thomas B. McAffee & Michael J. Quinlan, writing in the North Carolina Law Review, March 1997, Page 781, stated "... Madison did not invent the right to keep and bear arms when he drafted the Second Amendment -- the right was pre-existing at both common law and in the early state constitutions."

Obviously, the Founders were not gun grabbers, as the gun-grabbing community would have us believe. Actually, unlike today's liberals, they had faith in their fellow citizens and in their ability to avail themselves of their rights in a safe and reasonable manner.

The District of Columbia law was based on the fallacious idea that by banning hand gun ownership by citizens except under the most onerousconditions, criminals -- a not un-sizeable part of thedistrict's population even with the exclusion of members of Congress as a criminal class -- wouldn't be able to buy and own guns and thus continue their murderous ways.

C'mon now. Do they really believe that criminals buy their guns in legitimate gun shops? Or do they understand that their anti-handgun laws haven't made even the slightest dent to the city's incredible murder rate? Don't they realize that their Draconian gun laws punish honest citizens unable to protect themselves and their homes, and not the thugs who are on a killing rampage on the streets of the nation's capital?

They share the fantasies of the nation's elitist gun-grabber fanatics who simply refuse to believe that the majority of their fellow citizens are mature enough to be trusted to own handguns, or for that matter, to conduct their affairs without Big Brother's guidance and control.

The liberals who want to ban gun ownership are the same liberals who'd like to drive family-sized automobiles off the nation's streets and highways, prohibit the use of fossil fuels because they allegedly harm the environment and contribute to non-existent global warming -- a fantasy they are inflicting on the American people -- and demonizing carbon dioxide, a natural gas without which life on earth cannot survive.

The Supreme Court ruling has been greeted by the American people as a welcome sign that many of their rights long threatened by out-of-control judges who make or misinterpret laws, rather than enforcing them, are now at last being safeguarded by the High Court.

That's a dangerous misconception. The new decision was a 5-4 ruling. That tiny majority, often reversed in other rulings that defy the meaning of the Constitution, will vanish if the liberals manage to elect Barack Obama and give his party sufficient control of Congress to guarantee that future Court vacancies will be filled with activist liberal justices who will turn the Constitution upside down.

We won a big one this time but the battle is far from won.

Mike Reagan, the elder son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. Look for Mike's newest book, 'Twice Adopted' and other info at www.Reagan.com. E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.

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