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Court sides with decent Americans

July 12, 2010 - Lee Smith

For Americans who value freedom, it doesn't seem like there have been many victories to celebrate in recent years. Government on the federal level has been running rampant, overspending, panicking with "stimulus" funding, taking over industries and finally, approving a massive takeover of health care.

Things have been better at the state level, where economic realities have actually forced governments to cut their budgets. This has meant not only a slowdown in government growth, but actual declines in its size and presence.

One giant win for Americans on the federal level is the recent Supreme Court ruling in McDonald v. Chicago. It follows another favorable ruling, District of Columbia v. Heller. Both rulings reassert the right of citizens to possess handguns, which have become a fundamental source of self-defense.

It is expected that these court rulings will lead to the falling of other gun bans or restrictions around the country. Let's hope so.

It is simple nonsense for any intellectually honest person to believe that a handgun ban is going to keep criminals from obtaining handguns. A criminal is someone who, by definition, breaks the law. What it will do is deter honest, law-abiding citizens from possessing the protection they need. And, what's more, criminals can be emboldened by handgun bans, since they know their victims will be unarmed. Politicians who want gun bans are, in fact, culpable for the ensuing crime. Thank goodness the Supreme Court has chosen to side with decent Americans.


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