THE SUPREME DECISION


            The cover article of the January, 2008 edition of “America’s 1st Freedom,” the Official Journal of the National Rifle Association; its monthly magazine, is titled: “Coming Soon: The Supreme Decision.” They are referring to, District of Columbia V. Heller, a case the Supreme Court has agreed to hear. They then ask if the District of Colombia can ban its citizens from possessing handguns. “Can D.C. ban citizens from carrying a firearm from one room to another in their own home?” “Can D.C. require that all rifles and shotguns be locked or disassembled?” And then finally: “Does the Second Amendment guarantee an individual right to own a firearm?” They think the court might decide these issues. By the way, the answer to that final question is an emphatic and absolute, Yes! You might say, “That’s for the U. S. Supreme Court to decide.” Unfortunately, and in reality, you may be right, but constitutionally you are wrong.

            The 2nd amendment says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Notice please that this amendment does not confer any right to own or carry a gun, or any other right for that matter. The amendment simply recognizes the right and then guarantees it. Back when we still had some semblance of constitutional government there were four documents that were recognized as “organic law.” They are, in alphabetical order, The Articles of Confederation, The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of Independence, and The Ordinance of the Northwest Territory. All law in this land should be an outgrowth of this organic law. The Declaration of Independence says that, “all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights...” Thus we see that the founders of our nation, and our organic law, recognized that rights came from the Creator, and not from any man made laws or court decisions.

            Thus when we look at the 2nd Amendment we see it recognizes “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. But much has been made of the first part of the amendment that states that, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” and it is argued that bearing arms is only for a militia, which in our day is supposed to be the National Guard. But the amendment does not say that but refers to the necessity of a militia as only a reason why this right “shall not be infringed.” Oh yes, please notice that the amendment assumes this country our founders came up with is to be a “free state.” The only reason there is even any discussion about what this amendment means is that freedom has many enemies and they work tirelessly to take our freedoms away. They don’t really care what any amendment says unless they can use it to achieve their devious ends. Who are these enemies of freedom? Well most often they are simply called, “liberals.”

            Article VI of the U.S. Constitution says in part: “all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution;...” The justices of the United States Supreme Court take this “Oath or Affirmation,” and thus are bound by the original intent of the constitution. If they are only bound by their interpretation of the constitution then they are bound by nothing but their own opinions. Our founding fathers would take up arms to defeat any such notion. People have a God given right to keep and bear arms (and there is no reason to suppose that these arms must be concealed when carried.) Whether we will retain these rights does not depend on any court but on the people. The fathers of our country risked their “lives,” their “fortunes,” and their “sacred honor.” Unless we are ready and willing to do the same we will not retain rights or live in a free country.