While Scalia’s assesment of why the need for hand guns is about as stupid as religious theology it seems to me that we as a nation have forgotten that the role of the Supreme Court is to interpret laws based on their constitutionality. The second ammendment states:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Clearly, the constitution outlines here that people have the right to own weapons and organize militia’s in an effort to keep the State in check.
Guns suck. I hate guns. I hate that they exist. I think they do terrible terrible things. But by god, if our government is allowed to arm itself we should have the freedom to do so to. I have never beleived this issue has been about owning hand guns for protection or uzi’s to shoot deer. Those ideas are retarded and proposterous, given the facts of both issues. But much the way I don’t feel that Government has the right to impose death on anyone, I don’t beleive the military power should be left soley in their hands. It gives the military too much political and social clout, not to mention it opens the posibility for Military coups, which is really what the second amendment was created to prevent. While there is no doubt in my mind our military could crush our citizenry with ease in this highly technichal, psychotic armerment world we live in with their balistic missles and drones and what have you, the intention of this amendment was not so that lunatics could have weapons in log cabins, but so that the people could rise in opposition to their government should the need arise.
It is silly how we forget history. We contextualize everything in terms of present tense. We forget our past and disregaurd our future. Gun control is neccessary. It is neccessary to keep guns out of the hands of children, out of the nefarious “black” markets, out of the streets. These are efforts that should not only fall on the responsibility of our bueracratic government, but with individuals, in communities and through our own efforts of non-violence.
Scalia is a tool. His assesment of what the Constitution provides for it’s people is completely fucked up. Self Defense? Laws are not going to prevent people from defending them selves by what ever means they feel are neccessary. But we can not disagree that, like it or not, the constitution grants under our government structure the right to own weapons. For this, the supreme court can not be faulted.