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In Defense Of Self Defense & Supreme Court Shooting Down DC Gun Laws

Posted by imrananwar on June 26, 2008

It was a split decision, but at least the Supreme Court of the United States has taken a stand on the American Constitution.

Sadly, it has not had much to say on violations of the Constitution carried out by the Bush regime, nor taken any stand on the daily decline in our constitutionally protected rights.

More important to them than the Constitution being torn to shreds were Washington, DC (District of Columbia) gun laws that ban legal ownership of guns by DC citizens.

Mind you, DC, among other cities, has often vied for the Murder Capital of the World title. So, I can see the local law enforcement’s logic in trying to ban guns (for the last 32 years). But, both as someone born in Pakistan and having been taught to handle my father’s favorite Webley & Scott revolver, and now as an American with an affinity for Smith & Wesson/Walther devices, I fully support the right of Americans to bear arms.

Of course, the NRA, of which I should be a member but am not, would probably disagree with my contention that there do have to be some limits on the types, and possibly even number, of guns we can or should be allowed to own.

I support the right to bear arms for several reasons.

My interest in owning weapons includes having them for target shooting, self-defence and all that the Constitution intended as good reasons to bear arms.

However, I also do not think we, or any non-law-enforcement citizen, need some sort of 3000 rounds per minute assault rifle or machine gun to do all of the things above.

We live in unsafe times. Security of the homeland means protecting ourselves not just from would be suicide-bombers but also from armed home invaders, drug dealers, road-rage-warriors, thugs, muggers, petty criminals, gang members, and so many other types of vile scum that can easily snuff out our lives for a few Dollars, or on a whim.

So, I do support the Supreme Court decision shooting down the DC gun laws, but I also hope for two more things.

The Supreme Court, and American courts in general, should also not hobble American law-enforcement from coming down hard on hard core criminals who often brazenly conduct their business better armed than our Police officers.

Of course, it would also be nice if the Supreme Court actually did something more to protect the whole Constitution itself from our increasingly fascist dictatorial executive branch and lame, crippled Congress, and spineless Senate, and not just try to address one particular aspect of the Constitution. What do you think?

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4 Responses to “In Defense Of Self Defense & Supreme Court Shooting Down DC Gun Laws”

  1. Your positions are interesting to be sure. You should join the NRA, they sell out Americans at every opportunity. I know, I am a Life member. The NRA does not support any right to own any three thousand round a minute weapon. Indeed, any weapons that exist like that are crew served weapons, and are not therefore covered as they are not individual arms.
    The old saw about the police being out gunned simply does not wash any longer. Since the well publicized “LA Shootout” local police all over the country have “gunned up” to the point that they resemble military forces more than police.

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Patrick. My comment about 3000 rpm weapons was figurative of course. But, the NRA’s support for some pretty aggressive weapons is well know.

    A similar example is the ACLU. I support and respect their work, but sometimes cannot support every cause they seem to stand up for by default.

    I still think most local Police precincts are outgunned. I do think citizens should have the right to bear arms, AND to use those to defend the nation, from out of control government AND be allowed to shoot drug dealers, home invaders, or violent gang members. πŸ™‚

    Imran
    http://imran.TV

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  3. Perhaps there are a few agency’s that are not “gunned up.” But at this point, they are few and far between. I live in a mid sized suburb, and in the trunk of every single police cruiser there is at least an AR 15, or MP5, or a tactile rifle.

    “I still think most local Police precincts are outgunned. I do think citizens should have the right to bear arms, AND to use those to defend the nation, from out of control government AND be allowed to shoot drug dealers, home invaders, or violent gang members.” I would add shoot them twice for good measure! πŸ™‚

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  4. “I would add shoot them twice for good measure! “

    Patrick Sperry, then, as Captain Jack Sparrow would say, “We have an accord.” πŸ™‚

    (Or Civic, or appropriate Honda. πŸ™‚ )

    Thanks for posting your comments. Glad we agree on the key point. πŸ˜‰

    Imran

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