Friday, June 27, 2008

Keep and Bear - the Next Hurdle

One consequence of the Supreme Court decision is the identification of troublesome constitutional language for the gun control lobby. The battle has now turned, from one of which rights are granted constitutionally, to altering language in the constitution, thus removing those rights. The decision mentions,

"That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct."

The clear message to proponents of gun control is that they work to alter the constitution. This is the danger which the Framing Fathers forgot to include within the constitution, a protection on the removal of rights from the constitution.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

US Supreme Court Supports Individual Right and Militias

Today, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. For once, there is support from a branch of government for the proper subordination of all government to the terms of its foundation. Admittedly, I am surprised by this decision, for wise it is, even if the arguments of the justices err.

The condition of the times in which the Founding Fathers lived was one of clear tyranny, and it was the express purpose of the Constitution to provide remedy for tyranny. The right to keep and bear arms was enshrined so that the people, exclusive of any and all government, might form their own, collective militia, and so protect themselves from the tyranny of government. Without the recognition that each person holds an unalienable right to hold and use weaponry by which to protect themselves, militias would not exist. Indeed, all other use of weaponry is conscription, this to include the use of weaponry by employment of choice, such as that displayed by police organisations.

The American ideal is clearly, never again suffer a tyrant, and the only possible solution is that individuals have effective means to form a militia. If it is the government that forms the militia, it can be for only one purpose; the repression of the citizenry, as its armies deal with outside threats.

The wisdom of this court decision is the protection of that ideal.