Gun Control For Dummies
I’ve been asked to pipe in on the issue of gun control, no doubt, due to the fact the Supreme Court is reviewing yet another law effecting the People’s ‘Right’ to keep and bear arms.
While there are all kinds of scholarly pros & cons to this issue (some scholarly while some are pure bull), I’ll not bore you to tears with the bleeding heart stories of violence perpetrated by jerks with firearms or the stories of heroism exhibited by armed Citizens in actually stopping crime by the very fact that they had the good sense to own, carry or have access to a gun. Either argument has ZERO bearing on what’s LEGAL. The fact is it doesn’t require years of studying Constitutional Law (although I have) to render a verdict on this subject.
The FACT of the matter is that the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution states quite clearly that “the Right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It’s also a FACT that the Supreme Court has already stated in their decision Miranda v Arizona:
"Where rights (liberty) secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no legislation which would abrogate (abolish) them."
Just in case anyone out there might think that’s unclear or the court can’t say that, the Supreme Court (our government) tells us:
“When the Supreme Court rules on a constitutional issue, that judgment is virtually final; its decisions can be altered only by the rarely used procedure of constitutional amendment or by a new ruling of the Court.” (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/about/about.html that:)
So, Gun Control for Dummies is wrapped up thusly: Since our Constitution says “the Right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” and the Supreme Court said clearly that, pertaining to Constitutional Rights “there can be no legislation which would abrogate (abolish) them” and the Supreme Court’s decisions/determinations can NOT be altered accept by “constitutional amendment or by a new ruling of the Court”, the states of the Union, their communities, cities, towns and, in fact, our Congress should just knock off this nonsense about making new laws, restrictions or taxes on something that’s a Constitutional Right. This should be simple enough even for politicians - those actions/laws ARE NOT LEGAL.
As an afterthought to the simple Irish lad’s briefing above on the nuances of gun control I give you the following Supreme Court decisions to ponder & I leave their interpretation to you, the Citizen. Consider them Holy Writ in your viewing your local gun laws:
In Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105:"No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefore."
In Sherer v. Cullen, 481 F 946“There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of this exercise of constitutional rights."
In Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham Alabama, 373 US 262:"If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity."
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