(National Sentinel) Self-Defense: Most reasonable people understand that it is entirely unreasonable for authorities to require persons to come up with a “good reason” why they want to use the best available means — a firearm — to defend themselves.

Not only is it a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but the desire to protect yourself from harm is also an instinct in the vast majority of people that needs no explanation, validation, or proof.

Yet nearly every major American city is run by Left-wing Democrats who believe that your right to self-defense is a matter for them to decide.

Washington, DC, is one such city. Or it was, at least, until a recent rule change.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling in July 2017 striking down the city’s “good reason” mandate for concealed carry permit applicants has resulted in a massive surge of permit holders.

The Metropolitan Police Department figures show that permit holders climbed 1440 percent in the 2018 calendar year.

Before last year’s ruling, just 123 people in D.C. had permits to carry a concealed gun, The Washington Post reported.

The nation’s capital had, ironically, been extremely strict in their gun control policies. Ironically, we say, because that’s the city where the original Declaration of Independence and an original copy of the Constitution reside.

But the Wrenn v. District of Columbia case last year found that applicants shouldn’t have to prove they had a “good reason” to get a concealed carry permit. So the law changed from “may issue” to “shall issue.”

Prior to the court decision, the Post noted that Metro PD rejected 77 percent of applicants — in one of the nation’s deadliest cities, no doubt.

It’s about time this law changed. Nowhere in the Second Amendment did the founders insert language that the “right to keep and bear arms” was contingent on Americans’ having a “good reason” to do so.

They just assumed that a person’s natural instinct to survive was reason enough.

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