This past Thursday, AU Young Americas for Liberty tackled one of the most controversial topics in American policy. AU YAL Treasurer Dan Savickas led a presentation and discussion on the moral and constitutional reasoning behind gun rights.
As one of the most widely-debated issues in contemporary American society, gun rights can be a very touchy subject, and Savickas definitely had his work cut out for him. However, as per usual in AU YAL, our Treasurer made a strong case for individual liberty. Savickas walked the audience through the text of the Second Amendment, which gun rights activists and pro-liberty groups alike have cited as the legal right to gun ownership.
Afterwards, Savickas narrated a brief history of Supreme Court cases concerning gun rights. One of the cases, District of Columbia v. Heller, was of particular interest due to the proximity of its legacy and impact in relation to DC schools like American University. Savickas continued with facts and statistics regarding gun-related violence both before and after regulations were implemented. Needless to say, Savickas was adept in making the case that more regulation does not necessarily make people safer. On the contrary, Savickas maintained that “an armed society is a polite society.”Published in