The unelected and historically unaccountable government appointed lawyers of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declared that a type of firearm that has never been used in any war is a “weapon of war”, and that Second Amendment protections of the preexisting right to keep and bear arms does not extend to weapons of war, or apparently to weapons never used in any war.
Never mind that our Founders’ muskets were weapons of war, or percussion cap revolvers and repeating rifles were weapons of war, or our grandfathers’ M1 Garands and 1911s were weapons of war, or that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the people’s right to keep and bear arms not just as a means of personal defense and preservation but as a final check and balance against government tyranny, the unelected and unaccountable government appointed lawyers of the 4th Circuit have declared that the people have no right to any arbitrarily defined “weapons of war” to resist government tyranny, nor do they define what exactly is the purpose then of the Second Amendment.
If it doesn’t make sense, it’s because it’s not supposed to.
The belief or idea that the judicial branch is politically neutral and independently reviews and interprets the constitutionality of laws is and has always been a fairy tale. Each side hopes to stack the court in their political favor, and in this case it’s the only power one side of the aisle has left.
They’ve lost the Presidency, the Senate, the House, over 1000 state and local seats, only hold 18 governorships with a mere 6 states having a majority in both state chambers and governorship; all they have left are the courts packed with unelected and unaccountable government appointed lawyers who can make up and interpret the law and the Constitution according to their personal policy preferences and political ideology. There’s a new term for this, it’s called “so-called judges”. We used to call them activist judges, legislating from the bench.
Paraphrasing and expanding upon Stalin’s “it doesn’t matter who votes, it’s who counts the votes that matters” – it doesn’t matter what the law or Constitution states, it’s who interprets what the law or Constitution states that matters.
This is the only muscle the political left can flex to institutionalize their agenda, whether their conduct, rulings, or opinions comply with the Constitution or not. They have no other power at this point, so we get rulings like this one out of the 4th Circuit.
They have violated their oath to support and defend the Constitution in favor of their personal political ideology and have used their power to violate the rights and liberties of the citizens of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. While these unelected government appointed lawyers may feel safe and comfortable in their black robes at their bench, and while they may historically be unaccountable, the political tides are changing.
And to be blunt, they just told a few southern states that comprise of 31.2 million people what kinds of guns they have no right to own.
Judges serve at the consent of Congress, and that consent ought to be revoked. Each of these unelected government appointed lawyers should rightfully be impeached, and if the Senate doesn’t currently have the votes to ensure this happens, then it’ll make a great 2018 campaign platform. Out of the 25 Democrat Senators up for reelection, 18 come from states that Trump won.
It’s time to clean out the judiciary of “so-called judges” starting with the 4th Circuit and continuing through the 9th Circuit. The usurpation of our rights, and the seizing of power that belongs to Congress, the President, and the people, needs to come to an end.
In the meantime, the people will have to brace themselves for the fallout of this decision, and we can hope for impeachments, or hope Congress passes a Second Amendment Protection Act stating what we have a right to, or hope this case goes to the Supreme Court where it can be overturned.
Whatever the future holds, the people’s rights exist whether a majority of unelected and unaccountable government appointed lawyers say they do or not. Just as a restraining order is just a piece of paper, the Constitution is just a piece of parchment. But it’s how we defend it that matters.