"For the most part, the Republican Party is the only outlet where conservatives have a voice, so we have to use it. But it functions like a rusty knife we use only because we can't cut our steaks with a spoon."- Matthew Rathel

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Conservatives, the Second Amendment, and John McCain

As the Supreme Court has recently ruled by a decision of 5-4, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides each individual the right to bear arms. In the case of the D.C. gun ban, the court ruled that hindering an individual’s right to own a weapon in any district of the U.S. infringes upon the fundamental right of American gun owner-ship. But the decision was only 5-4, which shows how the liberal and conservative judges view this particular case and how a liberal interpretation of a clear clause seeks to deprive Americans of their basic rights as provided by the most important document in United States politics.

The Amendment itself reads as follows:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The conservative reader sees these words grouped together and believes that the message to be clear. The argument can be set into relatively basic terms= Since A, B. A being the necessity of the militia, B being the right to keep and bear arms. A liberal would see these words and try to negate the plausibility of A in order to dispute B. But the document itself provides clear evidence of the right to B, and orders that it be taken at face value. While militias are no longer found in America, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the right to bear arms no longer holds true. The basic framework of the clause states “Since A,” not “If A;” and that leaves no room for the court to negate the value of B by arguing against A.

In a time when the next president will likely choose 2-3 Supreme Court justices, it becomes paramount that Americans understand the division on this issue. With just a 1 vote switch in the court, the interpretation of the Second Amendment could morph into something our Founding Fathers never intended, and a major right could be taken from the people of this country. While conservatives lack the support of either major candidate in this year’s presidential election, we must understand the peril our cause might face under a liberal-controlled court. If ever there were a time to stand up and fight for a mediocre representation of our value system, it presents itself in the candidacy of John McCain.

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