Gun control is a pretty cut-and-dry topic with me. I’m an absolute supporter of the Second Amendment, and I oppose all gun control. I figure that the evil folks who want to start shooting would weed themselves out of the gene pool pretty quickly if Constitutional carry were nationwide.
Having said that, when you come across evil people (or, at least, people who have been accused of doing evil things), you can kind understand how some people might think that gangbangers or people convicted of violent rape, for example, shouldn’t be allowed to have firearms. Understanding how they may come to that conclusion and agreeing with that conclusion are two different things, though.
Having said that, the Supreme Court Of The United States recently agreed to take an extremely controversial court case that will have people on both sides of the gun argument paying attention. Jack Phillips writes,
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether people under domestic violence restraining orders have the right to possess firearms, announcing Friday that it will hear a case on the matter during its next term.
The court on Friday agreed to review an appeal by President Joe Biden’s administration of a lower court’s ruling that found that the law ran afoul of the Second Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms” because it fell outside “our nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.”
The case involves a Texas man, Zackey Rahimi, charged with illegal gun possession while subject to a domestic violence restraining order after assaulting his girlfriend. Rahimi challenged the law after being charged under it in 2021.
So, what do you do with this case? Rahimi sounds like he’s a violent criminal, and, for all I know, he may be. Does that mean that he shouldn’t have the right to have a firearm?
I would argue that, no, it doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t have a firearm. I would also argue that peaceful, law-abiding people like you and me should have firearms everywhere.
Because when people who are criminals decide to use their firearms in a criminal manner, they’ll find out pretty quickly that it doesn’t work in their favor anymore because everyone can, and is willing to, shoot back.