The Supreme Court has spent over a decade quietly acquiescing to gun control advocates at the expense of the Second Amendment. Commentators on both sides of the aisle, however, believe that may change soon. If Judge Amy Coney Barrett—President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she is likely to provide a vital fifth sure vote in defense of the right to keep and bear arms. Barrett’s judicial history on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit demonstrates a solid originalist approach to the Constitution in general, and the Second Amendment in particular. Her brilliant dissent in the 7th Circuit case of Kanter v. Barr reflects not only a faithful adherence to the Second Amendment’s text, history, and tradition, but reasserts the importance that the Founding Fathers attached to the right to keep and bear arms. Every day, citizens all over the country exercise this right in defense of themselves and countless others.
According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year. There’s good reason to believe that most of these defensive gun uses never are reported to police, much less make the local or national news. For this reason, The Daily Signal each month publishes an article highlighting some of the previous month’s many news stories on defensive gun use that you may have missed—or that might not have made it to the national spotlight in the first place. (Read accounts from 2019 and so far in 2020 here.) The examples below represent only a small portion of the news stories on defensive gun use that we found in September. You may explore more examples by using The Heritage Foundation’s interactive Defensive Gun Use Database. [full article]