Commonsensical Hoosier self-defense

Commonsensical Hoosier self-defense

I will defend myself. I do not claim that as a “right.” I merely state it as a fact. It is a biological imperative – is it not? – for an individual to decline to submit meekly to the murderous intent of others. To that end, I possess a license to carry a handgun issued by the state of Indiana. I know many of my fellow licensees dislike revealing that, but it’s a matter of pubic record, so I don’t see the point. As to whether I actually carry a handgun, that will remain my secret, for the time being. Now, the Indiana House has voted to allow “constitutional carry” in the state, meaning no license would be required for walking around with a handgun. The Senate and governor have yet to weigh in, but the topic has been opened for discussion. And I admit to mixed feelings, which might surprise the gun-control crowd and alarm my gun-rights friends. At this point, I know, those of you always calling for “common sense gun laws” are screaming about historical context and the Founders’ real intent. So, fine, let’s see if we can disambiguate the Second Amendment a little bit, shall we? (Which annoys me no end, by the way. On any other important policy, you’re all for a “living, breathing Constitution,” but on this issue and this issue alone, you suddenly care about “original intent”? Please). Suppose I were to concede that the Founders, by prefacing the “right to keep […]

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