I have written on this topic before but I feel compelled to cry once again, though I be only a voice in the wilderness, that the NRA claim that the constitution grants an unrestricted right to gun ownership, or prohibits the State from restricting gun ownership, is a fiction. I will continue to state this truth until the truth catches up with the NRA’s lies. Historically, there has never been an individual constitutional right to gun ownership until 2010 when Justice Scalia discovered one and so noted in the decision District of Columbia v. Heller (2010).
Prior to that time, gun ownership as described in the constitution was understood to be connected with military service, and, apparently almost completely forgotten by everyone except scholars, was originally intended to guard against the national government disarming the States, as had for example been the case when the British government attempted to disarm the Massachusetts militia in an event that led to bloodshed at Lexington Green.
But even the decision that finds an individual right to gun ownership cannot be interpreted to mean that the government cannot regulate guns. The following is a direct quote from the decision, referenced in the link.
Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. District of Columbia v. Heller (2010)
Jefferson believed that democracy would only work if there was an educated and informed citizenry. By ignoring the reality of our own history we have opened the door to tyranny. Look around people. How can you call a situation where the citizens of the country live under a government that refuses to protect them because their fortunes lie in blood money paid by special interests anything other than tyranny. Politicians who refuse to enact sensible protections might as well be pulling the trigger themselves, regardless of Marco Rubio’s whining that it is unfair to blame the politicians.
It’s time to wake up.