Monday, June 28, 2010; 1:11 PM
Perhaps Chief Justice Roberts and other enthusiasts for our newly created universal right to bear arms should take a trip to Beirut or Baghdad and see how this idea works out in practice. My biggest worry with Monday's Supreme Court decision is that by ruling, in effect, that every American can apply for a gun license, the justices will make gun ownership much more pervasive in a society that already has too many guns. After all, if I know that my neighbor is armed and preparing for Armageddon situations where law and order break down (as so many are --just read the right wing blogs) then I have to think about protecting my family, too. That's the state-of-nature, everyone for himself logic that prevails in places such as Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. They've been struggling to establish a rule of law, where the police have a monopoly of force and militias are a thing of the past. How weird that we are moving in the opposite direction. By the way, the Roberts court might also want to take a look at the "well-regulated" reference in the second amendment. That might at least slow the rush to the gun stores.