A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Posted by PintofStout on June 26, 2008
The Supreme Court has issued the decision for the Heller case against the Washington D.C. gun ban this morning. The assenting opinion, which came out in favor of Heller, can be found here. But just like the nefarious “free speech zones,” we may now end up with “2nd Amendment zones” that will confine our rights to our home. Pretty soon, it really won’t be safe to leave the house!
The sheep’s clothing in this case is rejecting the outright banning of possesion of handguns, such as the D.C. law. On the surface it appears as if a blow was struck against gun control; certainly the militia-only argument, which is based on a collective right idea, was rejected by the majority. But as soon as the complete ban on handguns – especially in the home – is decided to be unconstitutional, the Justices promptly put up fences all around the 2nd Amendment Right to confine it and limit it. So while an outright ban is no good, the decision may actually set back the 2nd Amendment against gun regulation worse than before.
So while the opposite decision would have been immediately disastrous, the actual decision was still damaging. One cannot rely on police or a court or any unit of the government to define, protect, or enforce an individual’s rights. The institution of government is dialectically opposed to such concepts and can only work to erode them in favor of its own power. The dictates spewing forth from the halls of power can only command the zombies who listen. Sometimes the zombies move with the flow of free people, but there may well be a time when a free person is required to move in a crowd of zombies hostile to their freedom. After this decision, the streets are looking to be less safe for the non-zombified.