OPINION: Living In Fear

January 4, 2023 By Michael Weymouth

In it’s 2022 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts commented on the recent threats Supreme Court justices have been exposed to as a result of unpopular rulings. Roberts wrote, “A judicial system cannot and should not live in fear.”

That’s a pretty ironic statement coming from a court that recently gave license to gun owners to openly carry firearms with few or no restrictions, causing millions of Americans to “live in fear.”

To wit, the New York Times reported on Monday about an incident that took place in a supermarket in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2021. A man was arrested as he emerged from the bathroom wearing body armor and carrying six loaded weapons: four handguns, a military style assault rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun, causing “panic, terror and the evacuation of the supermarket.” Talk about living in fear.

The man’s lawyer noted that his client had not made any threats or fired any shots, and had legally purchased his guns and did not violate any Georgia laws.

The Times article went on to address the obvious subject of exactly when a gun-toting, armed-to-the-teeth man in body armor posed a threat to the public. The answer, of course, is the split second in which the man goes from a responsible gun owner to one who chooses to open fire in a crowded supermarket.

This has always been the case regarding the Second Amendment  and one that the justices in the Supreme Court have egregiously failed to consider: how did the Founders’ acknowledgement that the right to own firearms in order to form state militias EVER end up giving gun owners the right to openly carry firearms in public, thus causing their fellow citizens to fear for their lives?

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