District of Columbia vs Heller: natural right to self defense
District of Columbia vs Heller was brought up recently on NPR as a clear indication the Supreme Court has ruled that gun rights from the second amendment extend to an individual basis regardless of involvement in a militia to the point the speaker on the radio said that we shouldn’t even give serious regard to the original text which mentions a militia: “the Supreme Court has already ruled that gun rights are on an individual basis so don’t give me all that about militia.” Several things to note here: first the case was about natural rights per an argument that rights cannot be enumerated on a piece of paper or they can be withdrawn with the same piece of paper. Self defense with a weapon is argued to be a natural right. Second, the case was specifically about whether a law was unconstitutional because it sought to remove weapons from people who weren’t part of a militia but were still sort of part of a militia in that they were in the company that could be conceived as able-bodied men who could defend the nation. The goal of the second amendment is to prevent a potentially corrupt government from abridging on this natural right or from seeking to manipulate the character of this militia. Specifically that it is unconstitutional to remove weapons from people who aren’t in a militia doesn’t mean the basis of the second amendment isn’t a militia and thus it is demonstrated that a person may hold onto his weapon as he claims to be legitimately part of a militia in abstraction but if he is for example now mentally unsound he is no longer part of that militia and the gun can be removed. Furthermore, the conclusion of the court case is there is an individual right for men and women to own guns regardless of whether it is connected with a militia, and there certainly is, but it is a weaker right than owning guns as part of a militia just like a cop is a cop, but a guy with a gun is like that marine from Starcraft videogame who is nailed shut into his suit after being in jail.