The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in a 5-4 decision that the 2nd Amendment guarantees a personal, individual right to keep and bear arms. It seems that at least some of the Supreme Court Justices have some rudimentary reading comprehension skills. I have to wonder if the rest of ’em just skipped too many class sessions in their high school and college English courses.
The Great State of Montana filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court with regard to the DC v. Heller case, pointing out that the state’s contract with the Union that made it a state in the first place would be materially violated, and thus rendered null and void, if the Supreme Court ruled that there was no individual right to keep and bear arms. In other words, without any act of secession on the part of Montana, it would no longer be a member State of the Union — it would, in fact, have been a case of the United States effectively expelling Montana from the Union via breach of contract.
Considering many of the legislative and executive actions in the federal government in recent years have increasingly encroached upon, and violated, Constitutional protections of individual rights in the US, I was beginning to think I would have to move out of the country in the near future. If the DC v. Heller case went badly and the Boumediene et al. v. Bush case went badly in the Supreme Court, I was ready to pack my bags and move to Montana — thus ensuring (one hopes Montana legislators wouldn’t vote to rejoin the Union immediately) that I would no longer live on US soil. Even if the US invaded the Independent Republic of Montana at that point, I’d still rather die defending a more-free nation than die on my knees as a complacent sheep being led to the slaughter in a United States that no longer recognized much of the 1st Amendment, anything meaningful in the 2nd Amendment, or any effective protections from the 4th or 6th-10th Amendments, and that so badly abused clauses of the 5th Amendment and eliminated the power of the courts to hear petitions for and issue Writs of Habeas Corpus. Whether other parts of the Bill of Rights are still (nominally?) intact is up for debate, of course.
Well, in the last month we’ve seen both the Constitution provision for Writs of Habeas Corpus and the 2nd Amendment upheld (barely) by the Supreme Court. Is there still life in that old dream of liberty? Might we still have a hope of claiming ownership of the title “Land of the Free”? It looks like there may be a dim light at the end of the tunnel after all — and, really, I don’t much enjoy packing up all my belongings and moving. Not only is it expensive, but it’s a tremendous hassle, too.
I still might move to Montana some day. Gotta love a state whose governor described the state’s reaction to federal pressure to adopt the mandates of the Real ID Act as “Tell ’em to go to hell.”
I wonder what effect this ruling will have on California gun laws — or, for that matter, Denver’s “home rule” exemption to open carry rights guaranteed by Colorado’s State Constitution.
I already know what this means for Washington, DC: it means that we should expect to see violent crime rates in the Murder Capital of the US start dropping.