A Contrast of Ammendments
What would happen if we had to register our ability to speak in public with a local and national governments? What if we needed to take mandatory training before we were allowed to write a letter to the editor in the newspaper? What if we had to be “registered” to go on the street and protest? I don’t think most people in America would put up with that. And yet, these are the strictures that appear to be under consideration for people to exercise their second ammendment rights.
Judge Andrew Napolitano has thoughtful article in Reason, though one that’s not unique. I’ve seen several people point out the obvious fact that seems to be escaping the conversation the news media is currently having with their first ammendment rights:
The historical reality of the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right to shoot at them effectively, thus, with the same instruments they would use upon us.
I have to admit, I really hope that this doesn’t have to go all the way to the Supreme Court so that we can argue this point. For one, it should be pretty obvious. For another, the field day of one-sided media coverage would probably make my poor head explode. Even on the more conservative news channels, there are very few participants who appear to own guns, or at least who appear to understand gun rights. They seem to view pro-gun visitors as strange aliens who have a minor affliction rather than a major conviction. The problem with that ends up being that only those with true convictions would go on to be berated by the media, so we get a biased view of actual gun owners as a result.
Would I want to own a Browning M2? I doubt it. It’d be too hard to cart around, and the ammo is expensive. My point is more that the Constitution is pretty clear that the right of gun ownership goes to the formation of a militia… so I agree with the Left side of the Supreme Court, just not like they think. Can I say that I’d ever be called to defend the ideas of this country? Well, I’d probably be a poor represtative there. But I also know that as a gun owner I might have to do so, and I understand that many people would not want that responsibility.
So I’m glad I can use my rights covered under the first two ammendments of our Constitution. At least, for now.