More Proof the Second Amendment Is a Cornerstone of Freedom

More Proof the Second Amendment Is a Cornerstone of Freedom

Gun Rights

At times like these, when the battle lines in the fight for freedom are so numerous, it’s worth stepping back a moment for perspective. The original intent of the U.S. Bill of Rights was to deprive the federal government of certain powers. One of the powers the federal government—and now state and local governments [thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago (2010)]—is barred from infringing upon is a citizen’s right to keep and bear (carry) firearms. Any protected right comes with certain restrictions that are considered to be reasonable—no shouting fire in a crowded theater unless there really is a fire is the most often-cited reasonable restriction on the First Amendment. The late Justice Antonin Scalia boxed in what is a reasonable restriction on the Second Amendment when he wrote the majority opinion for the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008). “A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all,” wrote Scalia in the decision that found the Second Amendment to indeed be an individual right. “Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad.” Despite those clear words, what is a “reasonable” restriction of the Second Amendment is still a big, complex and pivotal question. It is a question that the U.S. Supreme Court may begin to answer in a recently […]

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