Silly Gun-Grabbing Liberal, Read the Constitution!
When you’re debating about guns in a constitutional republic that has a constitution protecting a citizen’s right to bear arms, it helps to know what’s in the Constitution and what is not in the Constitution so you don’t make an embarrassing mistake like this:
This Democrat “strategist” was pretty flustered when the Constitution was brought into the debate. Lacking an appropriate rebuttal, he simply thanked his opponent for his contribution before changing to another talking point.
The Heritage Foundation has explained:
Americans must implement appropriate solutions in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution, including the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms, the traditional role of the states in our federal system, and the central significance of family.
The constitutional right to keep and bear arms is an individual right that is fundamental to a free society, which depends, ultimately, on personal responsibility.
In his discussion of the Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago, Heritage legal expert Hans Von Spakovsky explained:
What had never been decided before [the] McDonald v. Chicago [decision] was whether the protection of the Second Amendment is incorporated through the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause to apply to state and local governments.
In a long-awaited decision on the final day of the Supreme Court’s term, a 5-4 majority of the Court in an opinion written by Justice Alito overturned the City of Chicago’s regulations on firearms. These regulations included a ban on handguns, a requirement that other guns be registered prior to their acquisition (which is impractical in many cases), a burdensome annual reregistration requirement and annual fee, and a punitive provision that would bar the reregistration of a gun once its registration expired.
The opinion holds that the right to keep and bear arms is among the most fundamental rights necessary to this Nation’s system of ordered liberty and is deeply rooted in our history and tradition. Thus, it applies to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
If the states ought not to impose these types of burdens on citizens according to the Second Amendment, then the federal government ought not to do so either.
When a liberal is careless in his or her discussion of gun rights, acting as though the Second Amendment is of little consequence, remind them:
Apart from the Second Amendment’s role in deterring government oppression… the right to keep and bear arms has another purpose that is every bit as important and urgent today as it was at the time the Constitution was ratified: specifically, to enable American citizens to defend themselves against violent criminals.