Friday, January 4, 2019

Is The Second Amendment A ‘Second-Class Right’?

Once upon a time, I was willing to entertain the idea of passing gun control laws. I’d heard all the media reports, and it sounded like it made sense. If people couldn’t get guns, they couldn’t do bad things with guns.

Well, no. I know better now, but back then I was willing to buy into it.

What changed me was a line from a liberal television show. The show was The West Wing, and a character commented on liberals thinking there are only nine amendments to the Bill of Rights.

That made me think and, as a result, I changed my opinion on guns completely.

The truth is, the Second Amendment is probably the most important part of our Constitution. It’s the insurance policy for the entire republic. But has it become a “second-class right?” Well,
some sure think so.

A specter is haunting the Supreme Court — disrespect for the Second Amendment. Perhaps you haven’t realized that the Supreme Court’s disinclination to expand on its landmark 2008 decision creating an individual right to gun ownership means that the justices are treating the Second Amendment as a “second-class right.” A “watered-down right.” A “disfavored right.”


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