Federal Court: Illegals Have a Right to Bear Arms… But Not to Possess Them

Our Constitution is an incredible document. Formed from enlightenment thinking and an amalgamation of many concepts that took thousands of years to create, the Constitution set the standards for human rights around the globe.

However, it is under attack. Every day in America, professional politicians and nefarious crusaders seek to undermine our founding principles. Making the matter worse, while Americans struggle to hold onto these basic rights guaranteed in writing so long ago, illegal aliens- trespassers in our country- are being gifted more and more rights while Americans are being stripped of them more and more.

One such instance is the recent federal court ruling that asserts that illegals possess a right to Second Amendment protections.

That’s like saying a burglar has a right to be on the homeowners insurance policy because he managed to get inside the house.

In an odd ruling, the 7th Circuit Court ruled that an illegal has the right to keep and bear arms, but does not have a right to possess them. Mario Meza-Rodriguez, an illegal immigrant, was arrested after engaging in a bar fight. When he was arrested, he had a .22 pistol on him and he was arrested, convicted and deported.

The illegal immigrant appealed and the court upheld his conviction, but used the opportunity to chip-away at America’s sovereignty. They ruled that “the people” includes illegal immigrants, but they also upheld the conviction, noting that the government can put restrictions on who may have firearms.

Wrong and double-wrong.

The ruling applies to Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and appears more-aimed at establishing a precedential foothold for future court challenges for illegals than an affirmation of bedrock law. The ruling is in direct opposition to three other federal appellate courts which have ruled oppositely, that Second Amendment protections do not apply to those who in the country illegally.

Lawyers are already maneuvering to appeal the decision as the three-person panel appears to contradict themselves.

Time and time again, I have asserted that the right to self-defense is a human right. I still heartily maintain that idea. Mr. Meza-Rodriguez should possess the means of self-defense in his home country. It is time that Latin American countries come in-line with enlightenment thinking and realize that there are already many guns in the wrong hands in their countries and the surest way to fight back against cartel violence is to arm the good guys.

Or, alternatively, Mr. Meza-Rodriguez can go through the legal immigration process. Once an American citizen, he should enjoy all the rights and freedoms guaranteed to citizens.

About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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