It was a narrow victory, but the Supreme Court last week made the correct decision in affirming Americans’ right to have guns for self-defense in our homes.
The 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s strict ban on handguns, determining that American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, in accordance with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Certainly, we can understand the concerns of law-enforcement officials, but respectfully disagree with those who support outright bans on handguns. Police officers and district attorneys should be concerned with those who would use such weapons illegally, not with responsible owners.
And, let’s face it, many of those who use firearms in crimes obtain them illegally and would continue to do so.
According to Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion, an individual right to bear arms exists and is supported by “the historical narrative” both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.
It is important to note that the Supreme Court decision does not change the prohibitions on possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, nor does it alter restrictions on carrying firearms in sensitive facilities, such as schools and government buildings.
We commend the Supreme Court for its prudent and fair decision to uphold the Second Amendment and grant law-abiding Americans the freedom to own firearms for recreation and to protect their homes and families.