Held FOR the 2nd Amendment

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Marlin, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    Here is Joe Farah's commentary on the DC Circuit case nullifying the District of C0olumbia's draconian gun control law.


    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][​IMG] [/FONT]
    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times]Saturday, March 10, 2007
    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][​IMG] [​IMG] [/FONT] [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,][SIZE=+2]Praise the appeals court
    and pass the ammunition
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][SIZE=-1]March 10, 2007
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]By Joseph Farah
    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,][SIZE=-1] © 2007

    [/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]When was the last time you remember good news out of Washington?[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]Yet, that's just what we got yesterday in an amazingly and uncharacteristically common-sense decision by a federal appeals court.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]The 2-1 opinion not only overturned the District of Columbia's onerous 30-year-old handgun ban, it did so for the right reason – the Second Amendment![/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]Pinch me, I'm afraid I'm dreaming.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]Imagine someone in Washington – judges, no less – actually paying attention to what the Constitution has to say.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]The judges found the protections of the Second Amendment "are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual's enjoyment of the right contingent upon his or her continued intermittent enrollment in the militia."[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]The judges also ruled as unconstitutional the city's requirement that registered firearms be kept unloaded, disassembled and under trigger lock.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]"The (Second) Amendment does not protect 'the right of militiamen to keep and bear arms,' but rather 'the right of the people,'" the judges found.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]Even the dissenting judge in this case, Judge Karen Henderson, did not disagree with the substance of the constitutional argument. Her minority opinion contended the Second Amendment didn't apply to the District of Columbia because it is not a state.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]The ruling represents one of the most forceful defenses of the Second Amendment in any recent federal court case.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]"Again, we point out that if the competent drafters of the Second Amendment had meant the right to be limited to the protection of state militias, it is hard to imagine that they would have chosen the language they did," the majority opinion stated. "We therefore take it as an expression of the drafters' view that the people possessed a natural right to keep and bear arms, and that the preservation of the militia was the right's most salient political benefit – and thus the most appropriate to express in a political document."[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]They said it![/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]In fact, if there is any doubt about the plain-spoken English of the Second Amendment, there are plenty of other plain-spoken writings of the founders to explain exactly what their intent was. Here are some examples: [/FONT][/FONT]
    • [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,][/FONT][/FONT][FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]
      [*]James Madison: "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. A well-regulated Militia, composed of the people trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country."
      [*]Samuel Adams: "And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms."
      [*]Thomas Paine: "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property ... horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
      [*]George Mason: "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials."
      [*]George Washington: "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people's liberty teeth. A free people ought to be armed. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour."
      [*]Thomas Jefferson: "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. ... The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
      [*]Alexander Hamilton: "The best we can hope for, concerning the people at large, is that they be properly armed."[/FONT]
    [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,]Let's hope this case is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court so this issue can be resolved once and for all in favor of the people's rights and the rule of law.

    [/FONT] [FONT=palatino, times new roman, georgia, times][FONT=Palatino,][FONT=palatino,]Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. His latest book is "Stop The Presses: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution." He also edits the weekly online intelligence newsletter Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, in which he utilizes his sources developed over 30 years in the news business.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
  2. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    Great post Marlin, I definitely agree with the judgment. I just always worry about the result when something goes to the high court. We would be greatly overjoyed should the Supreme Court hear the case and side on the side of the constitution. Heaven forbid they do something reasonable. :eek: :rolleyes: catfish

  3. Deputy Dawg

    Deputy Dawg Active Member

    Aug 11, 2005
    Central Texas Gulf Coast
    I can't believe it, Hooray for common sense.
  4. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    It won't happen. Just think of all the unconstitutional laws they would have to throw out? There would be just to many libs that might lose there minds and go on a shooting sprees.
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