“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
Americans, go buy more guns.
The Supreme Court ruled that the handgun ban in D.C. is unconstitutional. I agree. The effect of guns on America is as follows: the more, the merrier.
Today’s ruling only allowed citizens to keep handguns at home. They are still not allowed to carry them in public. D.C. would be wise to allow its citizens to carry handguns in public as well. Whenever I hear about a mall or school shooting, I think to myself, “If I had only been there with a handgun, I could have saved some lives by taking out that maniac.” That’s my practical logic for gun ownership.
Most importantly–and this is the basis of the 2nd Amendment–the citizens should be given the tools to protect themselves if the government becomes oppressive. I know people who want to ban guns have good intentions, but they need to wake up to the fact that governments–even democratic ones–sometimes do very bad things, and that the people need a way to defend themselves against injustice. The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was to make sure that the federal military would never have the ability to suppress the will of the people, and without gun-owning civilians, the military (which is under complete control of the President), would have the ability to suppress the people’s will. Simply banning guns seems tempting when violence occurs, but the benefits of such a measure are far outweighed by the risks it poses to a free society.