Wednesday, February 25, 2009
A Good Supreme Court Decision
If you've read this blog for very long, then you probably know that I supported the Supreme Court's decision that verified the right of Americans to own a gun. I do not own a gun, and probably never will, but the Constitution is very clear. The second amendment clearly states that individuals have the right to own a firearm.
But that right is not unlimited. All states deny a convicted felon the right of gun ownership, and the Supreme Court was careful to say that the individual right to gun ownership does not invalidate this prohibition.
The federal government has also expanded this prohibition of gun ownership to those convicted of domestic violence, even if the conviction is a misdemeanor. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled on this new prohibition. In a 7-2 decision, the court upheld the law -- if you are convicted of domestic abuse, you do NOT have the right to own a gun.
I totally agree with this decision. It makes a lot of sense. If are unable to control your temper to the point that you wind up beating on members of your own family (those you supposedly love), then how can you be trusted to possess a deadly weapon like a gun?
This prohibition not only protects family members, but also neighbors and others. It also protects the police, who are the first responders in cases of domestic violence.
The Supreme Court was very clear in this lop-sided decision. If you want to own a gun, then control your temper and keep your hands off other people.