United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Si vis pacem, para bellum – H/t The Smallest Minority viz Judge Alex Kozinski dissenting in Silveira v. Lockyear:

The majority falls prey to the delusion—popular in some circles—that ordinary people are too careless and stupid to own guns, and we would be far better off leaving all weapons in the hands of professionals on the government payroll. But the simple truth — born of experience — is that tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people. Our own sorry history bears this out: Disarmament was the tool of choice for subjugating both slaves and free blacks in the South.

All too many of the other great tragedies of history — Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few—were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.

My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed — where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

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3 thoughts on “United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

  1. The dunblane massacre destroyed shooting as a sport and gun ownership in general here. I know it would be massively more difficult to do so in America but I do fear for the future, an unarmed British public suffers at the hands of criminals more than ever.

  2. The clique of Modern Liberal-Progressivism insists that there is nothing to fear from their takeover since all they want is “the best for everyone.” But that way is the Road to Hell, knee-deep in good intentions.

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