Citizens in Chicago concerned about their safety and lack of legal ability to defend themselves due a nearly three decade ban on handguns, found some solace. The Supreme Court voted five to four today to uphold the right afforded by the Second Amendment and confirmed those rights for all U.S. citizens, including those living in Chicago. Municipalities will still have the option to impose laws governing firearm safety and without doubt those will likely face future challenges, but at least for now the fundamental right to bear arms is safe. Or is it?
Why was there a split in the Supreme Court over one of the first amendments our founding forefathers thought important to add to the Bill of Rights? Five to four? What's that all about? If there's a question about the right to bear arms what's next? Are they going to question the First Amendment regarding the freedom of speech?
Although this was definitely a victory, it was also an eye-opening vote on just how close we are to losing our firearm rights in this country. What's even more amazing is how the mainstream media doesn't realize how important this close vote is when it comes to a right afforded to citizens. Would they be as lackadaisical about a close vote on freedom of speech? I'm beginning to think the media, many Americans and our lawmakers are so far removed from the principles of our founding fathers that even a close vote on freedom of speech wouldn't raise a red flag.
Your rights are safe for now. How long "now" will last is anyone's guess.
I'll keep my right to bear arms and my right to freedom of speech. Thank you very much.