Yesterday the worst Federal Court in the country did something awesome.
You've probably heard conservatives in the past bad mouthing the ultra-liberal (and often Leftist) Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
This is the same court who challenged Trump's travel ban. Remember that? It wasn't that long ago that the so-called Muslim ban was challenged. In the end, it affected more people in Venezuela than those in Muslim nations, but I digress.
Anyway, yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals actually did something useful: they defended the Constitution by endorsing the right of average Americans like you and me to carry firearms in public.
This ruling struck down a lower court argument that proclaimed the Constitution only protects that right at home.
Only at home?! Hell to the no-no-no, leftist federal judges!
The 2nd Amendment is pretty clear - it says nothing about "only being able to defend yourself against tyrants from the comfort of your front lawn."
Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson never sat around a table saying things like, "Look, we really need to stop the Brits from bullying us around, but only if they do it while we're at home watching football and eating frozen pizzas." It's particularly hard to imagine them doing that, because everyone knows Franklin had a gluten allergy and Jefferson was a hockey fan (kidding, he was into basketball).
Yesterday, after the often-wrong but occasionally-right judges from the Ninth Circuit court defended the 2nd amendment, their ruling stated, "Analyzing the text of the Second Amendment and reviewing the relevant history, including founding-era treatises and nineteenth century case law, the panel stated that it was unpersuaded by the county’s and the state’s argument that the Second Amendment only has force within the home."
In case you're wondering why this was even being discussed in the first place, the case stems from a Hawaiian dude named George Young who was twice denied the right to carry a handgun back in 2011.
Now two of the three judges (both appointed by Republican presidents) ruled against a lower court upholding the absurd restriction.
Kudos to Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain who wrote, "for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense."
Surprisingly, this is the second time over the past month the panel has issued a pro-Second Amendment decision. Last week they backed a lower court’s decision to suspend California’s ban on the possession of large magazines (ya know, like National Geographic and Vogue... Kidding).
Anyway, this is a big win for gun rights advocates and anyone who ever defended the Bill of Rights, and it's also a rare example of how not everyone in the Ninth Circuit Court is a total nut job.