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Finally following the Constitution

Judge strikes down Maryland law that pared Second Amendment

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Can you imagine a state requiring a “good and substantial reason” to get an abortion?

Can you imagine a Republican candidate for president getting away with suggesting it?

Yet, until Monday, the state of Maryland required residents to show a “good and substantial reason” why they needed to own a handgun.

Consider, further, that the right to an abortion was drafted in 1973 by a court – and the right to keep and bear arms was written into our Constitution in 1791.

With no other constitutional right is any American expected to produce a “good and substantial reason” to exercise that right. You simply have that right. A right is a right – not something to be determined by the government on a case-by-case basis.

It’s amazing that it took until now for the Maryland law to be struck down by a federal district judge.

And the story of how it was successfully challenged in court is, by itself, amazing. And frightening.

Raymond Woollard had been denied a renewal of his handgun permit in 2009 – despite the fact that, in 2002, he had actually tussled with an intruder in his home.

Think about that: This man had actual experience with a home invader, and yet some bureaucrat made the preposterous and presumptuous decision that he didn’t need a gun for protection.

Besides the fact that it was an outrageous decision to deny this man a gun, do you really want the government to have that kind of arbitrary power over your ability to defend yourself?

And, oh by the way, what logical sense does it make to disarm a law-abiding resident when the criminals, by definition, don’t abide by the laws? Haven’t you merely disarmed the good guys and given the bad guys an unwarranted advantage?

More importantly, by giving the government the power to decide when its residents would have rights under the Constitution, didn’t the state of Maryland reduce the Constitution to little more than a guideline?

It means a little more than that today, thank goodness.

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faithson
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faithson 03/07/12 - 01:26 am
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fear is man's worst animal

fear is man's worst animal instinct. when fear is overcome, and it will be, WE as a people will decide together what is the best for ALL, not just the paranoid among us. I believe in gun ownership, just not for the paranoid reasons the NRA suggest.

specsta
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specsta 03/07/12 - 02:01 am
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I seriously wish guns, bombs,

I seriously wish guns, bombs, and bullets had never been invented.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/07/12 - 05:57 am
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"Congress shall make no law

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Can you imagine a state restricting peoples rights to peaceably assemble and petition for a redress of their grievances? That's exactly what SB 469, sponsored by Republicans Don Balfour (the guy who circumvented the PSC so we get to pay for Plant Votgle for a decade or so before it comes on line), Bill Hamrick, Bill Cowsert, and Ross Tolleson, will do. Maybe the AC should rant about officials in our state trying to usurp the Constitution instead of worrying about Maryland.

curly123053
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curly123053 03/07/12 - 09:02 am
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The US Government is already

The US Government is already working in discreet ways to disarm all Americans. This Maryland law is mild compared what the present administration would like for all Americans if they had their way.

constitutionnow
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constitutionnow 03/07/12 - 09:15 am
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Specsta, guns, bombs and

Specsta, guns, bombs and bullets are inanimate objects until used by humans. This was the purpose of the second amendment. The writers had the foresight to know that any government who usurps the power and consent of the people must be resisted. John Dahlberg-Acton stated that "Absolute power corrupts absolutely". That is the fundamental basis of the second amendment. Man, left to his own devices, will invariably turn to evil at some point. Were there no guns missiles or bullets, we'd be killing each other with swords, spears and clubs (see middle ages).

skeptic griggsy
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skeptic griggsy 03/07/12 - 10:47 am
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Get training, look carefully,
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Get training, look carefully, and whatever it takes not to shoot the wrong person and to shoot properly.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 03/07/12 - 11:34 am
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Queue the anti-gun lobby.

Queue the anti-gun lobby.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/07/12 - 12:30 pm
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"I seriously wish guns,

"I seriously wish guns, bombs, and bullets had never been invented." People have being killing game and each other long before any of those weapons were invented. The problem isn't the guns but the desire to kill. As long as there is this desire (or need) then necessity will just invent the next weapon. You have to change people. Christians should pay attention to this advise with abortion-don't change the law but change peoples hearts and heads. Humans are so illogical. We fight discrimination with just more discrimination, some believe you can spend your way out of debt, etc. I don't know why we aren't still living in caves.

Bruno
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Bruno 03/07/12 - 12:58 pm
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My good and substantial

My good and substantial reason would be because the Second Amendment says I can.

Bruno
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Bruno 03/07/12 - 01:02 pm
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"I seriously wish guns,

"I seriously wish guns, bombs, and bullets had never been invented."
Yeah because before those were invented nobody ever killed anyone. (sheesh!)

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