In an opinion released today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional right of Americans to own guns for the purposes of self-defense. Furthermore, this freedom was found to apply wherever someone may live.
This expands upon a previous ruling by the High Court from two years ago in which Second Amendment rights were upheld, by an outright ban on gun ownership was thrown out only in Washington, D.C. — a city under federal jurisdiction.
Today’s ruling dealt with similar gun bans in the Illinois cities of Chicago and Oak Park. In his opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the Second Amendment “applies equally to the federal government and the states.”
Mychal Massie, chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network, made this statement on the McDonald v. City of Chicago:
We applaud the High Court’s clear and reasonable ruling in support of the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to owning a gun.
The constitutional right to self-defense must not be abrogated or restricted because of the misguided notion that guns are responsible for crime. Guns are no more responsible for crime than SUV’s are responsible for traffic accidents.
If liberals spent more time effectively dealing with criminals and addressing the things that breed violent and anti-social behavior, they would have less time act in ways contrary to the safety of the general public at large.
There is one constant that cannot be denied, and that is “If guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns.”
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