Posted by: reformedmusings | July 8, 2008

DC Oppression to Continue

Some people never learn…or don’t want to learn. First, several subjects of the People’s Republic of the District of Columbia (PRDC) sued to retain their God-given right to keep and bear arms as recognized (not granted) in the US Constitution‘s Second Amendment. The Supreme Court heard the one individual who was ruled to have legal standing, and upheld our individual rights under the plain wording of the Second Amendment in District of Columbia v. Heller by a slim 5-4 margin.

It should be self-evident that paying lawyers to defend an unconstitutional law all the way to the Supreme Court is quite an expense. The arrogant DC government used taxpayer money, which could have been used to feed the hungry or create jobs programs, to literally challenge the US Constitution and one of their own taxpayers right to defend himself and his family. Now that same arrogant government is willing to spend even more taxpayer money to find other ways not to comply with the law of the land while oppressing their subjects. The only possible winners are the lawyers and criminals (there’s a difference?), while the losers are the law-abiding people of the District who only want to defend themselves against the rampant crime there.

Crime in DC is allowed to thrive because the subjects of the District aren’t allowed the means to defend themselves, and their arrogant government is trying to keep it that way. Remember that this is the same People’s Republic of DC that didn’t respond after three 911 calls over a period of 30 minutes to a woman being raped, and then three women being raped for 14 hours. Never accepting responsibility, DC then fought and won a case from a liberal District Court that said they had no legal obligation to protect their citizens (Warren v. District of Columbia, 1981). Interesting approach–they don’t have to defend you but you cannot have the means to defend yourself. Is this America?

Being nothing if not consistent, DC is now considering banning their subjects from owning semi-automatic firearms for their own defense. This in the face of clear wording in the Heller decision that “the people” could not be banned from owning common weapons for their self-defense. To the best of my knowledge, semi-automatic pistols are THE most common defense weapon of citizens in free states. Yet, the DC royalty is ready to spend tons more taxpayer money to try to defend the indefensible.

In defiance of all logic, the DC royalty ignores the fact that literally just across the river in Virginia sits a must-issue concealed carry state. Citizens of the Great Commonwealth of Virginia can and do carry semi-auto pistols and/or revolvers on the street to defend themselves and their families every day. Crime in Virginia, even in the crowded, urbanized areas directly across the river from DC, is a small fraction of that in DC. Hmmm. No big surprise there, as John Lott documented the drops in crime in must-issue concealed carry states in his book More Guns, Less Crime.

Criminals don’t like to be shot, and they stand a very real chance of getting shot here in Virginia, as well as 38 other must-issue states. It is estimated that citizens use a firearm to defend themselves and their families between one and two million times a year in the US. But in DC, criminals stand NO chance of getting shot and very little chance of getting caught, so it’s an open season on law-abiding subjects there. Apparently their “leaders” like it that way.

The rest of the country should look to DC as an exemplar of what will be if the Supreme Court flips the other way. A 5-4 decision is pathetically close to losing a fundamental, God-given, and Constitutionally-guaranteed right. District of Columbia v. Heller should have been an almost unanimous decision in favor of the Bill of Rights. When you vote this November, remember how close you came to losing your first freedom last month. Keep in mind that only conservative, strict-constructionist Supreme Court justices will reliably preserve the most basic rights guaranteed to “the people.” George Orwell laid out the scenario well in Animal Farm. The tyrant pigs gradually rewrote the original seven commandments until only one, highly-modified commandment remained on the barn to justify their tyranny: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. Neither animals nor people had any rights left, only the ruling elite. Nota bene.

If the 2nd Amendment falls, the others won’t be far behind it. Note well that Justice Joseph Story was right in his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States in 1833: it is the 2nd Amendment that protects the rest from the clutches of tyranny (palladium = safeguard):

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.



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