The Second Amendment Stands: Now What for Chicago?

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Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / June 22, 2010
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley talks about guns during his announcement of three new programs to help students from at risk communities to deal with violence, at a press conference in Chicago.

Whatever you might think of the Supreme Court striking down Chicago's handgun ban, it's hard to argue that you don't have a right to defend yourself in your own home


If you agree, but think that government can forbid you from defending yourself with a handgun, then you have to say what weapon you can have. Sounds simple enough, but let's try it as an exercise:

Landmines (or improvised explosive devices). Okay, a little extreme, but it meets the objections of anti-gun activists. Landmines are not portable. You can't carry concealed landmines and they're unlikely to be stolen and fall into the hands of criminals. Unless they know the landmines are there and how to dig them up without blowing themselves up.

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