CONCERNS ABOUT THE HELLER DECISION
I wish I could write that the Heller
Decision that overturned the Washington DC handgun ban was a
complete victory for gun owners and amounted to a full trouncing of the Brady
Bunch, but alas I cannot and I will tell you why.
First, let’s remember that the
explicit wording of the Second Amendment includes the words, “The right to keep
and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Nothing in the Heller Decision supports
the right to bear arms; it only supports the right to keep arms that are not
made useless by trigger locks or to be disassembled while
stored. Further, Justice Scalia
writes for the majority that, “The Second Amendment
protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected
with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful
purposes, such as self defense within the home”.
I don’t like that wording at all. It will undoubtedly be used by gun
control organizations to imply that a firearm unconnected
with service in a militia could be limited to a revolver or pistol, and not a
semi-automatic rifle such as an AR-15.
So before you get together with the boys and hoist a few cold ones over
this “victory”, I suggest you read the exact wording Scalia used in
it’s entirety at:
I will withhold my further concerns until you
have read this decision for yourself, and when you do, I want you to place
yourself in the mindset of those Brady Bunch gun control lawyers who will
attempt to construe the Heller Decision their own way, and not the way you
might like to interpret it yourself.
I think you will find it to be a sobering
Carl F. Worden