Are you ready to relinquish your Second Amendment rights yet?
Police in Boston and Washington, DC, have been soliciting â€œvoluntaryâ€ compliance with gun control. The plan: go house to house searching for weapons.
Many residents are resisting.
In DC the disarmament drive is particularly gauche, since Washingtonâ€™s handgun ban was recently overturned in federal court. The city has appealed the decision, now being mulled over in the U.S. Supreme Court. At the time of the lower courtâ€™s decision, DC resident Tom Palmer told MSNBC: â€œThe fact is that the criminals donâ€™t obey the law and they do have guns.â€ He noted that itâ€™s law-abiding citizens who get disarmed by such laws.
This is the first time in 70 years that the Supreme Court is considering whether the Second Amendmentâ€™s statement that the right to keep and bear arms â€œshall not be infringedâ€ means what it says. Letâ€™s just hope the justicesâ€™ reading skills are up to par.
Boston and DC activists have been alerting citizens of their right not to let the police enter their homes without a warrant. The education effort is reasonable.
Police officers may formally ask permission to enter. But their unexpected appearance on oneâ€™s doorstep can be intimidating. People donâ€™t always have the presence of mind to assert their rights in such a situation â€” rights they possess even when governments decline to recognize them.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.