I found the recent Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment both heartening and frightening. Heartening because it establishes what most Americans have believed all along: the amendment affirms the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. Frightening because it was a five to four decision. Way too close for comfort.
The language of the amendment has been parsed almost to death and it is very hard for me to understand how a legal mind could fail to grasp what the Founders were saying. I think they do understand; they just don't like it. And they want to change it. If they succeed in doing that it will be a very large nail in the coffin of the Republic.
Without the Second deep in the background, always there, none of the other Amendments of the Bill of Rights are worth the parchment they were written on. It's a mistake for any people to trust too much in their government; for a disarmed people it can be fatal. History tells us no less, and the Founders knew that solemn truth very well. They didn't even exempt themselves from the list of possible tyrants.
It can't happen here? Even now, after the decision, DC is flaunting the decision and throwing ever more impediments in the way of legal gun ownership in the nation's capitol. That's a heckuva place to be rearing up a whole crop of arrogant petty tyrants. They need a good spanking and I hope they get it.