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Here's what we can do about
anti-Second Amendment
corporate behavior.
By Charles C.W. Cooke
H
aving spent years casting large
corporations as the enemies of all
that is good and true, well-funded
opponents of the Second Amendment have
suddenly expressed a keen interest in
recruiting those same corporations into
their fi ght for stricter gun control.
To understand why this shift in
approach has occurred-and to grasp
why it is such a threat to the right to
keep and bear arms-one fi rst must
understand that the last three decades
have brought with them a renaissance in
the right to keep and bear arms that has
rendered the gun-control movement's
usual tactics somewhat moot.
Just over a decade ago, in Heller v. D.C.
(2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010),
the U.S. Supreme Court confi rmed what
had been obvious since the ratifi cation
of the Second Amendment: Th at " the
right of the people to keep and bear
arms " means " the right of the people to
keep and bear arms. "
Concealed carry, which had become
the preserve of a handful of people in
a handful of more-permissive states,
is now the norm almost everywhere
in the United States. Th e 1994 ban on
so-called " assault weapons " expired
back in 2004; the waiting periods associated
with the original Brady Bill were
replaced with instant checks; and, over
time, all manner of useless and inconvenient
state laws have been repealed in
their entirety thanks, in no small part,
to the NRA. Over the same period, the
number of privately owned fi rearms has
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more than doubled while the crime rate
plummeted.
Better still, all these changes have
been driven forward by the public,
which, at almost every level of government,
has become increasingly protective
of both the Second Amendment and
its many equivalents at the state level.
Congress spent the early 1990s passing a
string of restrictive gun-control measures,
only to see many of the authors
and enablers of those measures thrown
out in the 1994 midterms.
When there is action in the states,
it tends to be to expand, rather than to
limit, the right to keep and bear arms.
And, thanks the 2005 Protection of
Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, even
the lower courts have been prevented
from passing legislation by the back
door. Taken together, these alterations
have created a serious problem for a
movement that, having believed for a
while that it was on the verge of whittling
away the right until it disappeared,
has come slowly to realize that almost
all the avenues it had hoped to use have
been closed off.
And so, faced by this remarkable shift
in the landscape, America's gun-controllers
have begun to look to another
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