If an ‘armed citizenry’ is a constitutionally protected ‘deterrent’ to abuse by federal officials, this would imply that the greatest protection should be given citizens who are arming themselves against the threat of such abuse.
Dennis A. Henigan
(Former) Vice president for law and policy at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
January 28, 2008
DANCES WITH GUNS
[Yes. That is absolutely correct.
He also said he doesn’t argue that higher rates of gun ownership cause higher rates of crime.
Henigan “gets” it. He doesn’t like it, but he gets it.
Perhaps this is part of the reason he quit the gun control industry.—Joe]
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If you’re going to be honest about the facts, the conclusion is inescapable. You have to either leave the gun control industry if you love liberty, or you must admit that it is all about controlling other people who are “not us” and hope you yourself are “not us” for the people in control. Anything else is a lie.
“If an ‘armed citizenry’ is a constitutionally protected ‘deterrent’ to abuse by federal officials, this would imply that the greatest protection should be given citizens who are arming themselves against the threat of such abuse.”
This is consistent with the writings in the Federalist Papers (and also in the writings known today as the “Anti-Federalist Papers”) in which political speech was the most valued in society and was therefore the most sacrosanct of speech and should receive the most protection from interference as stated in the First Amendment. This is consistent with SCOTUS decisions throughout the history of the Republic, which is why McCain- Feingold is such a stain on the nation.
NOW of course, First Amendment Free Speech is all about being able to appear naked in public.
The left protects the most trivial interpretations of the Bill of Rights (“free speech means you can dance naked in public!”) while doing their best to suppress any meaningful interpretations of them (see the difference between their “freedom of worship” line and what religious liberty actually means, or their purposeful confusion over the exercise of religion and the establishment of a religion as official).
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