The Supreme Court has ruled that the right to gun ownership applies nationwide. The High Court’s decision is a response to a challenge of gun ban in Chicago and one of its suburbs, and comes two years after the justices struck down a law in Washington, D.C. banning possession of handguns.
The five-to-four decision resulted from a case against the city of Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park. Both have laws that effectively ban handgun possession by almost all private citizens.
The lead plaintiff in the Chicago case, Otis McDonald, challenged the law after he said criminals broke into his home and made repeated threats.
“At least the playing fields will be leveled,” he said. “I don’t have to be concerned about the young dealers and gang-bangers coming in my house, because I believe now that they think twice.”
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Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said guns in the home – even for self-defense – kill innocent people. “I don’t think America should be known for ‘we could kill more people than any other nation.’ We love to kill, we can kill overseas, we export more guns than anybody else, and we buy more guns than anybody else, and ammunition,” Daley said. “That should not be known as a great country.
Mayor Daley says the city will rewrite its gun ordinance to comply with Second Amendment rights, but he offered no explanation of how that might be achieved.
(Guns don’t shoot people by themselves, knives don’t cut people by themselves, blunt objects don’t hit people by themselves and I think you get the idea. While all of these weapons can be deadly – they are only deadly in the wrong hands.)
There are still those who will say that just having these things in one’s possession increases the likelihood of them becoming deadly objects. Then I say, what about hands, scissors, chairs, lamps, bricks, pipes, and so on and so on? They can also injure and cause death. It’s not the weapons or objects that become weapons that cause our problems. It’s US – YOU AND ME! We are responsible for the mis-use of guns.
It’s the heart of mankind that needs changing. If our hearts and minds are changed to respect life, then we will see a change in our behavior; But that’s harder to do. It’s easy to put a law in place to restrict behavior. Only God, can change behavior.
Yes, our world is in great need of strong laws but we are in greater need of changed hearts. Jesus Christ is the only One who can do that …. are you listening, Mayor Daley? He’s ready to help you with Chicago.