Think for a moment
of the rights that Americans enjoy. Which is the most precious? Which is
the most fundamental? Which of our rights can we truly not be free without?
Freedom of speech? Freedom of religion? How about Freedom against unreasonable
searches and seizures? Yes these are all hallmarks of a free society. Yet
there is one freedom which protects these and all our other rights in America.
That right is found in our Constitution in the form of the Second Amendment.
Yes truly the right of Americans to keep and bear arms is the most fundamental
of all our liberties. The Founders were brilliant men. They knew our rights
came from the Creator and they formed a nation based on respecting and defending
those rights. They also knew that those God-given rights would last only
as long as the American people held the right to own guns.
Think of it, without the freedom to own guns we are unable to defend our
other rights. Without the Second Amendment the rest of the constitution is
hollow and meaningless. By its very nature any government will, over time
become greedy and start to encroach on the rights of its people. The founders
certainly knew this and put the right to own guns as the ultimate defense
against government intrusion upon our liberties.
This truth is why the battle against gun control is so crucial to preserving
America’s freedoms. None of our constitutional rights have been so maligned
or attacked, as has the right to keep and bear arms. And the price if we
lose this struggle is clearly illustrated by a case out of Chicago.
There Hale DeMar, a 54-year old homeowner, is facing prison time for owning
a gun. A local ordinance bans ownership of handguns, a clear violation of
the constitution, and Mr. DeMar has found himself in hot water for daring
to exercise his constitutional right to defend his home.
The trouble for DeMar began when an intruder broke into his home on December
29th. DeMar shot the intruder twice and protected his family from whatever
the criminal had planned for them. Now he faces up to a year in prison, for
simply doing what the Second Amendment guarantees him the right to do, own
The tragedy of this case is very clear to see. The ultimate result of gun
control will be the criminalizing of self-defense. And this case borders
on that. The attitude of the authorities in Wilmette, Illinois, where DeMar
lives is frightening to anyone who loves freedom.
Police Chief George Carpenter said the charges show the town's “serious concerns”
about the shooting. How about the concern for the right to be secure in our
homes? Or the concern for our right to protect ourselves?
Carpenter made some very troubling statements about DeMar and the charges
he faces. “The outcome of the matter in this case was very fortunate for
the homeowner. We much prefer, for the safety of the home, that a resident
who finds himself in this situation immediately lock the door of the room
he is in and dial 911.”
Really Chief Carpenter? There is no “safety” in the home once an intruder
has chosen to violate the law and break in. Mr. DeMar chose to be prepared
to protect his home and now he is facing a jail term?
Not content to pass judgment on DeMar for standing up to law breakers Chief
Carpenter continued his nonsensical remarks. “Wilmette residents are much
safer without handguns in their homes. We see handguns stolen, used in domestic
arguments or suicides. Those are far more likely outcomes than when you would
actually need a handgun to defend yourself.”
Apparently Chief Carpenter has been drinking the gun grabbers Kool-Aid pretty
regularly if he believes such ignorant statements. As I wrote just last week
well over 2 million Americans use guns to defend themselves annually in America.
Maybe Carpenter does not approve of self-defense?
Chief Carpenter did express some concern for DeMar however. “He strikes us
as a good man with a good heart who did something that apparently came naturally
to him. That’s why it is important the Wilmette Police speak out now.”
Speak out about what, Chief Carpenter? People not surrendering to criminals?
People defending themselves and their families? Why would any law-enforcement
officials speak out against these things?
Chief Carpenter also said he did regret “the intrusion of the family’s privacy.”
Well that ought to ease their concerns, shouldn’t it? If Mr. DeMar goes to
prison for exercising his constitutional rights they should thank Chief Carpenter
for his “regrets”. If some other family actually follows Carpenter’s advice
and dials 911 and hopes help arrives in time they might be killed in their
own home but they will have Chief Carpenter's “regrets.”
The question of gun control is truly a question of liberty. Will we be free
to defend ourselves? Or will we leave ourselves at the mercy of criminals
and the gun control laws criminals love?
Doug Hagin resides in Dallas and hopes to one day be a nationally syndicated columnist with his own radio show.