*UPDATE: the column below was updated on 6/11/2016 to reflect recent, even more troubling rulings regarding the Second Amendment.
Now before you label this as a “crazy” post, I’m not talking about, nor am I predicting some doomsday scenario. Don’t expect me to be selling you seeds, food preserves or bomb shelters anytime soon. That is not what I am suggesting here.
I’m also not suggesting that you need to buy yourself an AR15 to fight off an onslaught of newly married gays. Okay? Okay. So please do more than glance at this headline, and allow me to make my case.
What I am suggesting is that this year alone, in two monumental rulings, the SCOTUS has showed us that they are no longer bound by, nor do they hold any respect for the United States Constitution. For guns, that matters.
The SCOTUS has now declared all healthcare, and marriage to be fundamental human rights. So much so, that it is now the job of the federal government to force them upon both you as an individual, and the state as law. Now, I don’t see either of these things in the United States Constitution.
Crazy thing about the Constitution, is that it actually does outline our rights, pretty expressly. As a matter of fact, one could argue that it’s the purpose of the document. Enumerated and all that jazz. Healthcare and gay marriage… isn’t in there. You know what is? Your right to own a gun.
As a matter of fact, according to the Constitution, that is one of the very few rights in which the states are not reserved the right to regulate entirely as they see fit. In case you haven’t read it, let me paste it for you below.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Pretty cut and dry. Yet unlike marriage, unlike subsidized health Insurance, SCOTUS has allowed states to, in fact… INFRINGE! Hell, some states have made it pragmatically impossible to carry a weapon on your person. 9th Circuit Court, I’m looking at you, you tyrannical bastards. So clearly, when it comes to even using the Constitution as a guideline, the SCOTUS has jumped the shark.
Regardless of where you line up on same-sex marriage, or even if you personally want free healthcare, there is no arguing that the SCOTUS has displayed an unprecedented use of power when compared to the entirety of American history. There’s also no argument about the fact that the SCOTUS is leaning more and more to the left.
The left has been very, very clear on their ambitions to make guns harder and harder to access. For all citizens. Not just criminals. We know their playbook. I’m not saying that your guns will be taken away tomorrow, but that is the end-game.
What is beyond any shadow of a doubt however, is that the SCOTUS has now been given the power, to infringe on your right to bear arms. They could come down with some ruling next June requiring guns to be limited to some arbitrary loading capacity, rendering all of your firearms illegal. I’m not saying that they will, but for the first time in our adult lives, this is entirely within the realm of possibility.
We also have already witnessed the great ammo shortage of 2008-2013. Pragmatically speaking, the SCOTUS has myriad ways in which they could – should they choose – systematically disarm American citizens, but equally important is the way the market responds to SCOTUS decisions. The tides are turning on guns. It’s a losing issue for Democrats, so they could never address it head-on. They could however, enforce what would seem to be a very marginal gun law, which could in turn force firearm companies to change their procedures (be it manufacturing, distribution etc.), causing a shortage, raising prices making it nigh impossible for you, the American citizen to purchase a firearm.
So if for any reason, you’ve ever wanted to buy a firearm but haven’t gotten around to it, I highly suggest that you do so soon. Because at the very least, we are in uncharted territory as Americans, and it’s better for you to have made your decision now, than to be on the outside, banging on the door to get in.