Why Liberals Should Love the Second Amendment

The Right to Bear Arms is the one amendment in the Bill of Rights that liberals usually dismiss or find it difficult to defend.  But liberals should learn to embrace the Second Amendment, much as they staunchly defend civil iberties stemming from the other amendments. 

When it comes to discussing the Second Amendment, liberals check rational thought at the door. They dismiss approximately 40% of American households that own one or more guns, and those who fight to protect the Second Amendment, as “gun nuts.” They argue for greater restrictions. And they pursue these policies at the risk of alienating voters who might otherwise vote for Democrats.

And they do so in a way that is wholly inconsistent with their approach to all of our other civil liberties.

Those who fight against Second Amendment rights cite statistics about gun violence, as if such numbers are evidence enough that our rights should be restricted. But Chicago and Washington DC, the two cities from which came the most recent Supreme Court decisions on Second Amendment rights, had some of the most restrictive laws in the nation, and also some of the highest rates of violent crime. Clearly, such restrictions do not correlate with preventing crime.

The way I look at it, is if the government and their police apparatus (including the military)  has the right to carry weapons, then so does teh average citizen.  And I’m about as flaming a liberal as you can get.

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