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New York Times Editorial Fires At Pro-Gun Supreme Court Ruling

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Posted on June 29 2010 1:00 pm

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Not surprisingly, as I predicted yesterday, the gun prohibitionists are attacking the Supreme Court’s correct decision yesterday interpreting  the Second Amendment according to its original intent –  as a fundamental individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The New York Times in its lead editorial today called the Court’s reasoning “infuriating abstract.” I call the Court’s opinion refreshingly judicious.

Progressives have no trouble creating new “rights” out of whole cloth, but refuse to acknowledge the existence of certain rights already embedded explicity in the Constitution.

Those arguing that no protection of individual rights was intended by the Second Amendment’s drafters claim that the people collectively could only bear arms as part of an organized militia.  In this reading, the “people” were only a small group of citizens serving in a state-run “Militia.”  But if this were so, as I asked yesterday, why is the right of the people to bear arms included as one of the ten Amendments constituting the fundamental Bill of Rights, right after the First Amendment’s guarantees of individual freedoms of speech, religion, assembly and petitioning the government?

The original meaning to our Founding Fathers of “Militia” and the right to keep and bear arms was co-extensive with their idea of an essential liberty to enable individuals to protect themselves, their families and their property.  Just read the Founding Fathers’ own writings.

For example, James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, emphasized the “advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation” (The Federalist No. 46)

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