Posted by: Jay | April 17, 2008

Obama On The Second


“As a general principle, I believe that the Constitution confers an individual right to bear arms. But just because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can’t constrain the exercise of that right, and, you know, in the same way that we have a right to private property but local governments can establish zoning ordinances that determine how you can use it. And I think that it is going to be important for us to reconcile what are two realities in this country. There’s the reality of gun ownership and the tradition of gun ownership that’s passed on from generation to generation. You know, when you listen to people who have hunted, and they talk about the fact that they went hunting with their fathers or their mothers, then that is something that is deeply important to them and, culturally, they care about deeply. But you also have the reality of what’s happening here in Philadelphia and what’s happening in Chicago.”

They never get tired of that hunter angle do they? First, let’s start with Obama’s claim about private property. Nobody has a “right to private property.” People have private property rights which is completely different. And while zoning ordinances are an inconvenience that most people live with (and respect for the most part. I don’t want my neighbor planting a rubber purple tree on his front lawn), the government cannot come to your house one day and say, “We’re taking your house and there’s nothing you can do about it.” That’s unconstitutional. Banning the outright possession of handguns violates the second amendment right to bear arms just like a city deciding to take your home on a whim violates the fifth amendment right not to be deprived of our property without due process.

As for Chicago, handguns have been banned there since 1982. It’s worked wonders right Barack?


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