After decades of being lectured about how the 2nd Amendment is a collective and not an individual right, the various legal decisions of recent years are wonderful. Finally, judges are waking up to the fact that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right, just as valid and important (perhaps more so) as the 1st Amendment.
This is one case where the tide of history is finally coming our way.
Without the right of self defense and the means to carry that out, you have no rights at all. How difficult a concept is that? At its heart, that is the point of the 2nd Amendment.
We may have an unfettered right to our speech, our faith and our press, but what do any of those mean when any bully (or LEO blindly enforcing his idea of the law) can beat us into submission? Theoretically we enjoy the protection of federal, state, county and city LEOs, but the historic reality is that just isn’t valid in all cases. The two major problems with that are; 1) When seconds count, the police are minutes away. 2) The LEOs have regularly been the perpetrators of crimes against individual rights.
Ask MC Hammer about that one. Just this morning, I read an article about how the rapper turned Christian minister was recently arrested by a dumb ass cop for the crime of being black. Oh yeah, it happened right here in Liberal California.
From ABC News (I had to look for this one):
MC Hammer Tweets About His ‘Teachable Moment’ Arrest
You bloody well know that the “crafting of a new law with reasonable restrictions” is going to be so unreasonable as to not exist even if it does.
I half expect the Illinois legislature to drag it’s feet and not pass anything within the proscribed timeline - and then some poor kid will get shot for obeying the law.