Of course I’m going to write about gun control! Back in 2015, I wrote an article in which I addressed three modern arguments against gun control: Mental Illness, Government Tyranny, and “Good Guy with a Gun”. Please read: Gun Control: Three Unorthodox Arguments in Support of a Better World
Then in 2018, I wrote another article on the landmark case, District of Columbia v. Heller, and cited Conservative Justice Scalia’s Majority Opinion that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm:
There are many reasons why the militia was thought to be “necessary to the security of a free state.” See 3 Story §1890. First, of course, it is useful in repelling invasions and suppressing insurrections. Second, it renders large standing armies unnecessary.
Scalia touches on the most important question of them all: Why did the founders want the people to have guns in the first place?
Well, Scalia knows the answers all too well:
- As stated in the Amendment itself, the new nation needed militias since there wasn’t much of a standing army. The nation needed to form and preserve militias to efficiently create a military force from its citizenry to combat the “tyranny” of the English.
- The second major reason, as Scalia so eloquently put it, was for “suppressing insurrections”. That is, the guns were need to control the enslaved African population. The slave masters simply had to have guns for the system to work.
- The last major reason was to wage war on the Native American nations. This was ultimately the way in which the country we know today was established. You need guns if you’re going to destroy and depopulate the inhabitants of their land.
Today, I’m simply going to quote Former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, from 1969-1986, and a Conservative, Justice Warren Burger:
If I were writing the Bill of Rights now, there wouldn’t be any such thing as the Second Amendment. [which says] A well-regulated militia being necessary for the defense of the State, the people’s right to bear arms…
This has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. I just look at those words. They’re only three lines to that Amendment: ‘a well-regulated militia’. If the militia which was going to be the state army was going to be well-regulated why shouldn’t 16 and 17 and 18 or any other aged persons be regulated in the use of arms the way an automobile is regulated?Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, 12/16/1991 PBS News Hour
Thanks for reading,
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