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Editorial

Washington D.C. says citizens have no right to own guns


web posted January 7, 2008
OPINION – The District of Columbia, otherwise known as our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C., claims that the second amendment to the Constitution is a right reserved for the Federal Government not the individual citizen. In other words, Washington D.C. wants your guns, not just in the Capitol, but everywhere.

Mayor Adrian Fenty introduced former U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger as the lead attorney representing the district and said, "We are going to argue not just the most significant legal case in the history of the District of Columbia, but one of the most significant legal challenges in the history of the country."

That is the understatement for the entire history of the United States of America.

The first ten amendments of the US Constitution, otherwise known as the Bill of Rights, delineates the rights given to individuals and limits the Federal Government from infringing upon the rights bestowed on all citizens by God. All other rights not listed are reserved by “the state”.

The issue is whether the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right or a collective right belonging to state militias. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the D.C. law banning private ownership of guns and the case has now been appealed and accepted by the US Supreme Court as initial filings in the case came this past Friday.

If anyone has ever had a reason to fear their federal government, now is the time.

According to the brief filed by the District of Columbia, the second amendment only applies to Congress, not the Federal Government. If successful in their claim, all individual ownership of firearms would now be called into question and could be further restricted if not outlawed altogether.

The D.C. US Court of Appeals got it right the first time and the US Supreme Court should no doubt follow suit. All “rights” in the Bill of Rights are conferred upon the individual.

What is frightening is that those in the “Beltway” of Washington D.C., including our own Congressional members, remain eerily quiet as this suit has made its way through the Federal Court System. It has not appeared as an issue in any Presidential debate or made the prime time news.

It seems that while politicians from the Republican and Democrat Parties are pandering for your vote in the Presidential Primaries, they are doing anything and everything to avoid supporting one of your God given individual rights.

Every citizen should be outraged and indignant to the cloaked attempt at repealing one of the Bill of Rights.

A wise man once said, “Any gun the government wants to take from you shows they fear it in the hands of free men, therefore you need two of them.”
 




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