USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “The Boulder City Council on Thursday night unanimously passed on first reading an ordinance that bans the sale and possession of certain firearms defined as assault weapons,” The Denver Post reports. “Council members will deliberate the measure at a future meeting and possibly pass it twice more before it becomes an enshrined Boulder ordinance.”
The presentation prepared for the Council shows the new edict to be a masterwork of conflation, ignorance, presumption and flat-out tyranny. What’s clear is they haven’t made up their minds exactly what to ban and how to go about it, although it is clear they’d really like to ban everything (with “Only Ones” exemptions, of course). What’s not clear is how they square any of it with the Second Amendment, conveniently included in the slide show if for no other reason than to thumb their noses at it and at the citizens who understand and believe in it.
That 150 people signed up to speak and only 111 could get on the agenda did not matter to a Council that had already made up its collective mind, as more than illustrated by Councilwoman Jill Adler Grano’s arrogant and ignorant assertion:
“She added that the proposed ordinance does not strip residents of their Second Amendment rights — which was a fear expressed throughout the public hearing on Thursday — because the Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee the right to an assault rifle.”
The hell it doesn’t.
“[T]he Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense … [who] were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time [and] “the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear … ordinary military equipment … that … could contribute to the common defense.”
Those citizens couldn’t very well fulfill that duty if they didn’t already possess such arms and have the ability to travel freely with them – as was and is “the birthright of an American.”
Grano doesn’t have to be right because no one is publicly challenging her and the council to square their unsubstantiated claims with the record – certainly no one in “the media. And when even federal judges are making the same subversive pronouncements, as U.S. District Judge William Young just did in dismissing a lawsuit against Massachusetts for expanding its so-called “assault weapons” ban, expect that Big Lie to be repeated until it is presumed true by all but marginalized “extremists.”
Assume Boulder will pass its ordinance. Assume gun rights groups will challenge it – and who wants to bet on the U.S. District Court? Also assume things may not work out on appeal (and looking at the composition of the Tenth Circuit, that’s not an unreasonable assumption). That means all the Supreme Court has to do for the “law” to stand is—nothing.
My prediction, with the caveat that I’m not a lawyer and this is merely the perspective of an interested layman: A challenge using all the familiar arguments of home defense, sport (and there’s an exemption in the Boulder ordinance anyway) and economic impacts will not be persuasive. It’s past time the courts had to face the fundamental question that has already been addressed and answered by the High Court:
Can such in common use at the time arms contribute to the common defense?
If they can be, they’re protected. If a court rules agains them anyway, at least it will be clear that those intent on being obeyed have dropped all pretenses for allowing fundamental rights to be peaceably protected within a system they control.
UPDATE: A meeting attendee estimates “I would say that there were approximately 20 gun owners to every gun grabber.”
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.