"Collective Right" is an Oxymoron

As everyone is probably aware the Supreme Court is taking arguments on the most important gun rights case of all time, Heller v City of DC. The main argument has been decided by nearly every judge on the Court has given evidence they believe in the individual right to own firearms, the difference being in the “reasonable restriction.” I’m glad to hear that this “collective right” BS is gone, as Marko demonstrates.  I see no reasoning behind this idea that the Second Amendment, alone among all other rights granted in the Constitution, is not individual. Luckily the Court seems to be ready to move against this.

Next on the antigun argument is the “well regulated militia” which they take to mean the National Guard, which coincidentally didn’t exist for a hundred plus years after the Bill of Rights was conceived. The main problem with this fallacy is the fact that it is totally against what the Founding Fathers believed in. They had just escaped the terrible hand of a despot and did not want concentrated power to ever threaten the freedom of its citizenry. The Second Amendment is precisely put in place to protect individuals from not only other individuals but also from the threat of overreaching government. This is why the National Guard argument fails:  the National Guard is a governmental organization and therefore is the antithesis of what the Amendment was designed for.

I’m anxious to see the ultimate outcome of Heller. It will either be back to square one or the biggest victory for gun rights in this country’s history. I hope that enough of the Justices have the same opinion of the issue, and I’m too afraid we’re about to go right back to square one. This time we’ll have a much more Sisyphean task on our hands.

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