Under the guise of preventing domestic abusers’ access to firearms, the latest ruling to come down from the Supreme Court of the United States may be a mighty Trojan horse potentially putting every American’s gun rights at risk.
In an effort to “close dangerous loophole” in the gun control laws, the ruling was passed down in the case of Voisine v. United States, essentially upholding the federal gun ban on individuals convicted of domestic violence with one distinct clarification. In their 6-2 decision made Monday, Judge :
“Federal law prohibits any person convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from possessing a firearm. 18 U. S. C. §922(g)(9). That phrase is defined to include any misdemeanor committed against a domestic relation that necessarily involves the “use . . . of physical force.” §921(a)(33)(A). The question presented here is whether misdemeanor assault convictions for reckless (as contrasted to knowing or intentional) conduct trigger the statutory firearms ban. We hold that they do.”
In his dissent Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas said:
“We treat no other constitutional right so cavalierly. At oral argument the Government could not identify any other fundamental constitutional right that a person could lose forever by a single conviction for an infraction punishable only by a fine.
In enacting [the federal firearms law], Congress was not worried about a husband dropping a plate on his wife’s foot or a parent injuring her child by texting while driving. Congress was worried that family members were abusing other family members through acts of violence and keeping their guns by pleading down to misdemeanors.
Instead, under the majority’s approach, a parent who has a car accident because he sent a text message while driving can lose his right to bear arms forever if his wife or child suffers the slightest injury from the crash.”
Frightening to think that a potential accident could strip any of us of our right to keep and bear arms for the rest of our lives.
What do you think, will this adjustment to the federal gun ban on individuals convicted of domestic violence be little more than an additional layer to keeping abuse victims safe or will it be yet another tool for the government to strip citizens of their Second Amendment rights?