A Federal Appeals Court three judge panel on Friday said that "AR's" are not protected by the constitution. The reasoning behind their decision is outrageous and not based in fact. The opinion shows a clear lack of understanding of the subject matter in this case.
Hey everybody, how's it going? Welcome back to Copper Jacket TV. So, a federal court of appeals has just decided that AR-15s are not protected by the Constitution, and honestly, you guys will not believe the reasoning they gave for coming to that conclusion. Let's talk about it.
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Okay, so let's go and talk about what's going on here because this is completely ridiculous. I mean, this is about as bad as it gets, and it's outrageous. This just goes to show you that these judges care more about their own personal agenda than upholding the Constitution, the rule of law, or even following Supreme Court precedent.
So, this comes from a three-judge panel out of the seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that was dealing with Illinois's so-called assault weapons ban. It was a 2-to-1 split decision, and these are judges appointed by both Reagan and Clinton.
Before we talk about why they say that AR-15s are not protected by the Constitution, let me mention that the one dissenting judge didn't really put up that much of a fight. They didn't scold their colleagues like we've seen out of the ninth circuit recently, who've had descents that were pretty aggressive. This particular judge just said that there's no historical tradition of fire and regulation that matches the ban that Illinois currently has, and so that judge doesn't believe that the ban should stand. That's the correct way of looking at things.
But the other two judges definitely didn't see it that way, and this is how they came to their decision. The two judges in the majority basically said that the AR-15 too closely resembles the M16. Now, the M16, they're saying, is not protected by the Second Amendment in the Constitution, and therefore, because this one is similar, it's not protected either.
Now, you're probably out there thinking to yourself, "How is that possible? They are not the same thing whatsoever." And if I were to hand this to somebody in the military and say, "Good luck," they're going to be like, "What the hell is this? I don't want it because they're going to want what has the full fire controls and stuff like that." So, they're not the same, but these judges say because the AR is so easily converted, it should be considered the same, writing this: "The similarity between the AR-15 and the M16 only increases when we take into account how easily it is to modify the AR-15 by adding a 'bump stock' or an 'auto sear' to it, thereby making it, in essence, a fully automatic weapon."
Now, they added on to that by saying that they both "deliver the same kinetic energy." Now, I'm thinking to myself, if they ever used a 300 wind mag, we'll talk about kinetic energy at another time. This is not the most viable option when it comes to purely kinetic energy and/or ballistics.
In my mind, there are two factors here at play. The first one is these judges do not understand the subject matter at hand. They don't know what they're talking about. They don't understand what they're talking about. They don't have the same life experience. They don't have the same hands-on experience. They don't have the range experience like you and I do so that we have a knowledgeable understanding of the topic. The other thing is, number two, they also have a personal agenda. They would like to see these things gone. And so, anytime that they can conflate things or connect the dots in any which way that would maybe get them around brewing Supreme Court precedent or would maybe just fit their agenda so that they can get done what they want done regardless of what the rule of law is or what the Constitution says, they'll do that. And so, we almost have like a woeful ignorance here. That's kind of what's going on.
So, again, you can see that the subject matter here is not understood by these judges. They're trying to connect the dots that just don't connect, and they say things that just don't make any sense to those of us who do understand it. And so, we get decisions like this.
Now, obviously, this is going to end up going up to the Supreme Court, right? We already have other cases that'll probably end up at the Supreme Court as well. So, more than likely, the Supreme Court's going to hear it, and just based on the numbers, I mean, just based on the common use test and the fact that it implicates the Second Amendment, I believe we would get a win out of the Supreme Court. And so, the seventh circuit, the ninth circuit, they're both going to be smacked down relatively soon. But just blatantly saying that they're not protected by the Constitution at all based on those reasons is, like I said in the beginning, outrageous. And I wanted to let you guys know about that. So, I want to thank you all very much for watching. I really do appreciate it. Please like, subscribe. You guys have a great day.