So often we see our politicians get bogged down in some sort of “Bill of Rights” gimmick. Hillary Clinton has proposed a G.I. Bill of Rights. There’s a Passenger’s Bill of Rights, a Home Buyer Bill of Rights, a Miscarriage Bill of Rights, a Car Buyer Bill of Rights, and the list goes on.
Political hacks tend to get so bogged down in Bill of Rights widgetry that they forget about the actual Bill of Rights, though I’m certain that somewhere there’s a politician working on a Bill of Rights for people who think they have the right to ignore the Bill of Rights (this is known in some circles at the “Congressional Oath of Office”).
Once in a while, it’s nice to see one government entity or another recognize the original Bill of Rights. This time the rare occurrence took place in a Federal Appeals Court.
Washington, DC has had a gun ban for 30 years, but that is no more:
A federal appeals court yesterday struck down the District’s 30-year-old gun ban, ruling that the right to bear arms as guaranteed in the Second Amendment applies to individuals and not only to militias.
“The Second Amendment would be an inexplicable aberration if it were not read to protect individual rights as well,” the 58-page ruling said.
During the 30-year period when guns were banned in DC, we saw the murder rate skyrocket. The operative lesson being that criminals tend to not participate in rigid adherence to laws. The rate of violent crime went up dramatically after the gun ban took effect. This must leave liberals, who design all their grand ideas in a vacuum, scratching their heads in between dodging all the bullets.
In 1960, the population of Washington, DC was 763,956. In 2005 the population was 550,521. I’m still trying to figure out how many of those 200,000+ people fled, and how many were murdered.
Your odds of getting killed in Washington, DC are greater than if you went traipsing through Baghdad. Not only that, but in DC there’s the added threat of having to dodge Patrick Kennedy’s car, not to mention inhaling dangerous amounts of Marion Barry’s second-hand crack smoke.
If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it’s this: gun bans don’t work. Not only that, they’re unconstitutional. Not that this seems to matter to people who believe that we can pick and choose which constitutional rights make sense, and which don’t.
Picking and choosing which freedoms are “necessary” and which ones can be done away with is a slope so slippery that it should have a ski lodge built next to it. The Constitution is an “all or nothing” document, but, sadly, there are still those who believe it’s possible to rip out the foundation of a home without having the roof fall down.
Doesn’t it seem to be the case that gun bans are almost always proposed by politicians, vacuous dunderheaded Hollywood actors and cellulite-brained daytime talk show hosts like Rosie O’Donnell who employ armed bodyguards? They want you to believe they care deeply about your well-being, but the only point their actions convey is that their ass is worth saving, and yours isn’t.
Once in a while, it’s nice to see a court uphold the Constitution, but the fight isn’t over yet. Many will disagree with those of us who are pro-second amendment, but I always tell them that, if I’m wrong, at least I’m on the side with all the guns (if you don’t count the armed bodyguards for the anti-gun lobby).