Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

Found here: mantecabulletin.com by Don Moyer

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America’s third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn’t it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn’t happen?

Oh wait, Chicago has had a complete ban on gun ownership for over 50 years. I once read that the definition of insanity was to the same thing over and over and to expect different results. Maybe there’s something in the water that makes Chicagoans crazy. Who knows? Maybe they export their water to Detroit, Michigan & Gary, Indiana.

Maybe a little background is in order. It all began with Dick Heller who was a Special Police Officer in Washington, D.C., and who carried a gun on the job. Washington, D.C., had a law allowing possession of a gun on the job, but prohibiting ownership of handguns at home. Heller reasoned that if he was qualified to carry a gun on the job in D.C., he ought to have the right to have one at home. In 2003 Heller filed suit against the District of Columbia alleging that D.C.’s home ban violated his Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. D.C. argued that the Second Amendment only applied to members of a militia. When the case finally got to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 they decided that the Second Amendment was an individual right held by all citizens because the citizens are the militia. Heller eventually got his permit to have a gun in his home.

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