By Stephen Z. Nemo:
I’ve often said the Progressive left is at war with reality, not the political right. Last Thursday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. of the US District Court issued a ruling that declared Washington, D.C., gun ordinances (that fail to recognize the lawful possession of guns outside the home) an infringement of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Citing the high court’s ruling in District of Columbia vs. Heller, Judge Scullin wrote: ‘“Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad.’ To arrive at the original understanding of the right, ‘we are guided by the principle that the Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary as distinguished from technical meaning’ unless evidence suggests that the language was used idiomatically.”
And since the words of the Second Amendment mean exactly what they say, Judge Scullin wrote, “… There is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court… enjoins Defendants [the City of Washington, D.C.] from enforcing the home limitations… consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
The District Court’s order applied to all legal gun owners – even nonresidents of the nation’s capital. “The decision is in effect, unless and until the court stays its decision,” attorney Alan Gura, who represented the group challenging the D.C. ban, told the Washington Post.
The horrified spokesman for the D.C. attorney general’s office, Ted Gest, told the Post his office will “be seeking a stay shortly.”
“It appeared late Sunday that the city was acting in conformity with Gura’s position that registered handguns could be carried in public,” a disappointed Post reported. “The instruction issued to officers said that ‘until further notice’ they ‘shall not enforce’ the law that prohibited the carrying of handguns.”
Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “A is A,” that “each thing is the same with itself and different from another.” Aristotle’s “Law of Identity” further stated that by masking reality with dishonest words, “… reasoning would be impossible; for not to have one meaning is to have no meaning, and if words have no meaning our reasoning with one another, and indeed with ourselves, has been annihilated.”
In Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court looked deep within the Constitution’s “penumbras and emanations” and, poof, discovered a woman’s right to kill her unborn child. To rob free Americans of the written protections granted them in the Bill of Rights requires redefining established words so they have “no meaning” – until our rights have “been annihilated.”
Three cheers for Judge Frederick Scullin for recognizing the unalienable “A is A” of our Constitution.
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