The village of Deerfield, Illinois probably figured no one would care about their new laws. After all, why would anyone object to restrictions on magazines and so-called “assault rifles” anyway? Who needs those Second Amendment rights, anyway?

Luckily for the people of Deerfield, the NRA’s Institue for Legislative Action has joined the fight.

Fairfax, Va. — The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced support for a lawsuit brought by Guns Save Life challenging the Village of Deerfield, Illinois’ gun confiscation ordinance. The lawsuit challenges Deerfield’s recent attempt to criminalize so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” within village limits.

“Every law-abiding villager of Deerfield has the right to protect themselves, their homes, and their loved ones with the firearm that best suits their needs,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA. “The National Rifle Association is pleased to assist Gun Save Life in defense of this freedom.”

To be clear, the NRA didn’t initiate this lawsuit. That honor belongs to the group Guns Save Life.

What the NRA does bring to the table are vast resources, which may well be needed. Make no mistake, anti-gun groups will be taking this cause up, as well, making Deerfield, IL a veritable battleground in the Second Amendment fight.

I fully agree with Cox that villagers have that right, and I’ve already made a case for the AR-15 being a useful tool for home defense. Now, that’s not to say everyone should use one, but they are great for that purpose. It’s up to each family to figure out what, if anything, meets their needs. Handguns, shotguns, rifles, whatever. It should be the individual’s choice, not the government’s.

Deerfield has restricted that choice. Deerfield has made it so that people have fewer options for self-defense, and for some, the AR-15 or a similar rifle is the best option. With the regulation in place in that community, it deprives residents of their most effective means of self-defense.

This is just one of the many problems with gun control.

What happens is someone who knows nothing about guns decides what you – someone who may well have studied the subject extensively – need and don’t need for whatever purpose. They push for and pass laws that restrict your choices and then sleep easy believing they’ve made the world a better place. Rarely is that true, especially when we’re talking about firearms.

Meanwhile, you don’t have the best tools possible to defend your family. A busybody do-gooder with delusions of adequacy has made that impossible, all so he can pat himself on the back.

Laws like these need to be struck down. They need to go the way of the dinosaur because, much like the dinosaurs, they’re fossils of an earlier age. Unlike the dinosaurs, however, gun control laws have never really fit in any real niche except in the deluded minds of those who propose them. In the real world, we see little evidence of them ever working.

So I’m glad the NRA-ILA is a part of this. While what they do in Deerfield doesn’t affect me, it’s still an infringement of our civil liberties, and it should not be allowed to stand.