Earlier today, a friend of mine told me about something he experienced this morning in one of his classes. Tasked with giving an oral report on DC vs. Heller, he talked to the class about the facts behind the case, as well as why gun control was not only bad policy, but also a danger to civil society, preceding several totalitarian takeovers.
Here’s what he said happened AFTER he gave his report:
“My professor looked at me and said…”
‘You’re lucky the first amendment protects your freedom of speech.’
I can’t say how frustrating that statement is. Surely there must have been something inflammatory about my friend’s speech, right? I mean, you don’t JUST say something like THAT, particularly after last night’s anti-free speech shooting in Texas, unless you have VERY good cause.
Well, let’s have a look at my friend’s speech and see where he veered off into vulgarity.
Hi, my name is ____, and I will be reporting on District of Columbia v. Heller. This is a court case dealing with gun control and gun rights. So, to begin I will review the Second Amendment with you. The Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the rights of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
So, the District of Columbia had laws that made owning a handgun illegal. You were not allowed to carry them, keep them in your residence, or register them. One day Officer Dick Heller tried to register his firearm. Ultimately, he was denied the ability to do so. He decided to bring this issue to the Federal District Court. The court decided to throw out his case. So, Officer Heller appealed the decision all the way up to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court allowed the case to come forward. They wanted to review what rights the Second Amendment protected. The court ultimately sided with Officer Heller, in a 5-4 decision. The Supreme Court stated, “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that Arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
Also, Justice Stevens had something to say about this ruling. I will paraphrase what he mentioned. Stevens thought that the Second Amendment protects the ability to form a militia of the people. He also mentioned that the Founding Fathers were fearful of Congress having the ability to disarm a private militia. So, now I am going to go over some things that might have influenced their decisions.
First, the Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the rights of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This is very clear on what it means, “the rights of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Also, guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. That is almost 6850 crimes a day that are stopped because of law biding citizens carrying Arms.
On top of that, according to gunowners.org, Australia passed strict gun control laws in 1996. As a result of that their crime rates went sky-high. Armed robberies went up by 51%, unarmed robberies by 37%, assaults by 24%, and kidnapping by 43%.
Also, dealing with history, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao all implemented gun control before they killed their people. This is something our Founding Fathers were scared of. Not necessarily that people would be sent to interment camps, but of a tyrannical government taking over. If that did happen we would have no way to defend ourselves. Ultimately, gun control has proven not to work.
THAT’S why my friend is “Lucky the first amendment protects his freedom of speech.”?
The vulgarity, the horror of horrors, the boundary of free speech my friend pushed was that he supports the second amendment?
All I can hope is that his professor NEVER has to realize how lucky HE is that the second amendment is their to protect HIS first amendment rights.
Thanks again to my brave friend for GIVING this speech in an unfriendly environment, and for allowing us to use the text of the speech & share his story!