Thursday, June 26, 2008

Supreme Court Strikes Down D.C. Gun Ban

I salute the Supreme Court for making a decision that holds true to the values we hold as Texans. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled a ban on handguns in our nations’ capitol violated the Second Amendment.

Without personal security, and without the ability and means to protect oneself and family, fundamental liberties such as free speech, freedom of worship and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure ring hollow. In a time when political correctness sometimes overshadows logic, I commend the justices who voted to adhere to our Republic’s founding principles.

This sets a precedent for the rest of the country to follow and affirms the values we hold dear in the Lone Star State. The Supreme Court's decision has succeeded in upholding our forefather’s values and in protecting our rights as Americans – something Texans feel passionate about.

In an article by the Associated Press Justice Antonin Scalia said that an individual right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.

The Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home," Scalia said.

Justice Scalia also notes that the handgun is Americans' preferred weapon of self-defense in part because "it can be pointed at a burglar with one hand while the other hand dials the police."

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