President Joe Biden can assure the American people that his progressive gun control efforts would not infringe on the Second Amendment “in any way,” but other far-left pundits are more candid about their agenda.
Bill Press, radio host and former co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” recently made headlines with a cable op-ed calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. In it, Press states that the right to keep and bear arms has “nothing to do with self-defense”, was originally intended to authorize state militias and is “anti-black” to his origins.
The press may be more open about what he wants, but his analysis is still not correct.
The right to possess and bear arms belongs to the “people”, not to the militia.
The phrase “the people” throughout the Bill of Rights refers to individual citizens. The people may be called upon to employ their private arms in the collective defense of the state or the nation, and this collective defense must be “well regulated” in the sense that the militia must be trained, organized and efficient. But far from being “well regulated”, the underlying individual right “will not be infringed”.
Meanwhile, it was not the Second Amendment that was historically racist, but gun control laws that deprived certain segments of the population of any meaningful method of advocating for their rights. The fact that the slaves were unarmed contradicts Press’s argument – their oppressors knew too well that armed slaves would defend their inalienable rights to life and liberty.
As the numbers prove, the Second Amendment continues to serve today as a bulwark of individual freedom, allowing Americans to protect themselves and others from criminals.
Almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year, according to the latest report on the subject from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For this reason, The Daily Signal publishes a monthly article highlighting some of the many news stories from the previous month on the defensive use of firearms that you may have missed or may not have been under. national spotlights in the first place. (Read more reviews from 2019, 2020, 2021 and so far in 2022 here.)
The examples below represent only a small portion of the reporting on defensive gun use we found in May. You can explore further using The Heritage Foundation’s Defensive Firearms Use Interactive Database. (The Daily Signal is the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation.)
- May 3, Tacoma, Washington: A hotel employee shot and injured a man who threatened her and two other employees with a knife, police said. The man, who had a history of drunken disturbances on the property, was charged with three counts of felony assault.
- May 4, Elmore, Alabama: A woman shot a man in the jaw after he entered her home uninvited and tried to force her. The woman, a former girlfriend, held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Investigators say the man had previously stalked the woman and filmed her without her knowledge. They said he had a lever, handcuffs and knives in his possession. He faced charges of domestic violence, second-degree harassment and attempted burglary.
- May 5, Lizella, Georgia: A 67-year-old woman was mowing her lawn when a naked man tackled her and tried to strip her of her clothes, police said. The woman’s husband tried to pull the man away from her, but after being attacked himself, he drew his gun and shot and killed the attacker. “We’re all packing,” a neighbor told reporters, “…so if someone comes into the house, we have ways to protect ourselves.”
- May 8, San Antonio, Texas: A landlord shot and injured an intruder who tried to break into his home in the middle of the night, police said. The intruder fled, but medical personnel found him nearby and treated him in an ambulance. The injured man got angry and ran away, but the police eventually tracked him down and arrested him.
- May 11, Chicago: A man with a concealed carry permit was returning home when a woman pointed a gun at him, which police say was an act of domestic violence. He pulled out his own gun and shot the woman, wounding her in the shoulder. Police took her into custody after she was treated for her injury.
- May 13, Alexandria, Virginia: A driver was returning to his car at a gas station when four teenagers approached and attempted to hijack him, police said. At least one of the teenagers had a gun; another had brass knuckles. But the driver foiled their plans by drawing his own pistol and shooting, fatally striking one teenager and injuring at least one other. The police then arrested the three surviving teenagers.
- May 15, McConnelsville, Ohio: Police say a camper who shot and injured another man in a state park acted in self-defense after being attacked with a hatchet. The man reportedly became furious after the camper, who was watching a lunar eclipse, refused to drive him. Although he received several blows from an axe, the camper was able to draw his weapon and fire several rounds, causing the man to flee. Officers quickly located and arrested the man, who was injured, and charged him with felony assault.
- May 17, Lenoir City, Tennessee: A man attempted to enter a house late at night before residents called the police and he gave up the attempt. He then tried to force his way into a second home across the street, where he was fatally shot by the owner. Witnesses said the man acted erratically and may have been under the influence of an unknown substance.
- May 20, Oakley, CA: An elderly woman acted in self-defense when she shot a 51-year-old man in her driveway at 12:30 a.m., police said. The woman had an active restraining order for elder abuse against the man, who apparently assaulted her before she drew his gun.
- May 22, Azalea Park, Florida: A 69-year-old woman fatally shot an unknown man who refused to leave her property and threatened her, police said. The woman first managed to get the man out of the house. But he stayed on the property and kept walking towards her, even after she fired a warning shot and told him she’d shoot him if he didn’t stop.
- May 25, Charleston, West Virginia: When a man with a rifle opened fire on dozens of attendees at a graduation party outside an apartment complex, a woman drew her handgun and shot and killed the shooter, police said. Due to its rapid action, no one attending the party was injured.
- May 30, Fredericksburg, Virginia: A woman was making a bank deposit when she saw a man get into the driver’s seat of his car nearby, police said. The woman confronted the man, who got physical with her. She pulled out a gun and pointed it at him, prompting him to walk away as she called 911. Police arrested the man shortly after and charged him with carjacking .
Bill Press is wrong in its commentary on CNN. Repealing the Second Amendment will not make Americans any safer. Far from there.
Without the right to own and bear arms in self-defense, law-abiding Americans like those highlighted above would be more vulnerable than ever to criminals and would-be tyrants.
The history of the disarmament of underprivileged populations shows this only too well.
Armed people are more difficult to victimize.
This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal