Friday, September 10, 2010

Assault on the Second Amendment

All the way back to the Persians telling the Spartans to lay down their arms, governments have attempted to disarm people. The Spartan's reply was Molon Labe (Come and Take Them). Joseph Jarret, Knox County Law Director began his excellent presentation to the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA), with a reference to this historic battle of Thermopylae.

Thus began Jarret's discussion on the assault on the Second Amendment, and the two major views of the Second Amendment, the individual view, like free speech and the collectivist view.
He noted that many politicians and judges have held to the collectivist view.

Joseph G. Jarret
Jarret spoke of the historic support for the individual view, going back to the Anglo-Saxon requirement to bear arms for militia service. He noted that even today, Switzerland has virtually no violent crime, and that most Swiss have a military issue firearm in the home.

He referenced Great Britain, noting that the English got a Bill of Rights in 1689. Then in 1997, Britain's Firearms Act virtually disarmed all British subjects, yet three million illegal guns have flooded the island nation since then. (Let me see . . . American prohibitions on alcohol did not work well either.) Jarret said that the city of Manchester, England, is now called Gunchester.

Jarret noted that there is 'fear and loathing' of firearms in the Beltway. The latest example of this is the Obama Administration's ban on importation of M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines from South Korea. Their fear is that these guns might fall into the wrong hands. (Never mind that one mail order a Garand directly from the Government for as little as $495.00 + Shipping)

Jarret also spoke briefly about the McDonald v Chicago case, one of the most important Second Amendment cases ever. He points to multiple lawsuits around the nation which will over time restore more and more of the Second Amendment.

Jarret was asked whether or not there had been any problems with 'Parks Carry' by permitted individuals since it was voted in last year by the Knox County Commission. He said that the sheriff is a client of his (as are the county mayor and commission) and there have been no problems at all.

He was also asked about the current ban on carry in the Knox County libraries. He said this could be addressed by the new library director and mayor. (Perhaps there should be some citizen contact made with these public servants.)

Photos by Liston Matthews

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