WHAT! Court Says 2nd Amendment Rights Extend to Illegal Immigrants
With refugees and illegal immigrants pouring through the borders of most first-world countries these days, it's becoming more and more of an issue to restrict what these immigrants can and can't do when they enter their destination countries.
A recent court decision in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled something alarming. The court ruled that illegal immigrants may be thought of as part of "the people" in the Second Amendment, a ruling that could give precedent to illegal immigrants owning and operating firearms within the borders of the United States.
While the U.S. does have a strict set of laws concerning the way that convicted criminals, including illegal immigrants, are punished for owning or using firearms, illegal immigrants have typically been thought to also belong to that barred class of people.
The 7th Circuit Judge who gave the ruling, Judge Diane Wood, said that there was no language that she held barred illegal immigrants from owning weapons.
"It is now clear that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is no second-class entitlement, (and) we see no principled way to carve out the Second Amendment and say that the unauthorized (or maybe all noncitizens) are excluded," Judge Wood said in her statement.
But allowing illegal immigrants to possess firearms is undoubtedly a terrible decision. Numerous studies have shown that illegals are involved in high percentages in drug smuggling and human trafficking and allowing these people to have free access to guns will only make the southern U.S. border more dangerous than it already is.
Additionally, the Constitution was designed as a document to protect the liberties of American citizens. It isn't a world-wide body of laws or principles for everyone, it's for Americans. That doesn't mean we don't love it when other countries adopt parts and portions of the Constitution, but it does mean that Americans are the ones who benefit, not every single person who sets foot in this country.