What is it about the phrase “shall not be abridged” that creates such confusion in the liberal mind?

Abridge is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “lessen the strength or effect.”

Translated into modern English, the 2nd amendment provides “… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, cannot be lessened in either strength or effect.”

Significantly, the right appears not in the body of the Constitution, but in the Bill of Rights where the guarantees of “individual” rights are found.

The US Supreme Court decided in 2008 that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, specifically for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

That is the law of the land – yet, liberals and Democrats continue to wage war on Americans who President Obama ridiculed as “bitter people who cling to their religion and guns” with a decision in federal court in California that will take the war to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court based in San Francisco, has found that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry a concealed firearm outside the home without showing “good cause” to their local county sheriff.

While what constitutes “good cause” is not defined in the opinion, the court agreed with a San Diego ordinance in defining what it is not: “Simply fearing for one’s personal safety alone is not considered good cause.”

In other words, self-defense, defense of others, and defense of home are no longer good enough reasons to carry a concealed weapon.

There is no general agreement on the issue among the 13 federal appellate courts, so the issue will undoubtedly head to a U.S. Supreme Court currently comprised of a 4-4 conservative-liberal split following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The choice of his replacement, which will tip the balance, is considered a litmus test for the presidential candidates in this election year.

In the meantime, Americans may well ask: “What good is a right if I am unable to exercise it?”



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