Just when you’re about to give up on finding any common sense in politics, along comes a judge who’s actually read the Constitution.
U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang on Monday told Chicago officials that, yes, they must obey the law and cannot simply ban nearly all gun sales or transfers.
“The stark reality facing the City each year,” Chang said, “is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: Certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment.”
Something government isn’t allowed to do? There’s a concept.
Chicago’s tyrannical ban on most sales and transfers of weapons blows past those limits, the good judge pointed out.
Chicago is known for having some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.
It’s also known for having one of the highest murder rates in the country. In fact, FBI statistics show that in 2012, Chicago had more murders, 500, than any other city.
It shares the tough-gun-laws, high-murder-rate distinction with other notoriously Left cities such as Washington, D.C., New York and Detroit.
Judge Chang acknowledged the city’s interest in limiting criminals’ access to guns and in tracking ownership of weapons. “But the flat ban on legitimate sales and transfers does not fit closely with those goals,” he said.
Chang stayed his ruling so the city could file an appeal.
Perhaps government officials are slowly beginning to get the message that it’s not in the public’s interest to limit law-abiding citizens’ access to weapons.
In Detroit last week, the new police chief urged residents to arm themselves in order to reduce that city’s high crime rate.
The Founding Fathers didn’t include the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights to protect squirrel hunting. The Second Amendment is there because a firearm is the average person’s last, best line of defense against evil people, whether criminals or government employees.
The Left’s reasons for wanting to disarm America is obvious.
Perhaps less obvious, but far more important, are the reasons for keeping the United States as a nation of lawful gun owners.