Jun 282010
 

A tentative “Huzzah.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703964104575334701513109426.html

The Supreme Court ruled for the first time that gun possession is fundamental to American freedom, giving federal judges power to strike down state and local weapons laws for violating the Second Amendment.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court held that the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right that binds states.  

Monday’s ruling elevates the Second Amendment right to bear arms to the status of a fundamental right that states can’t abridge.

I say tentative “huzzah” because:

1) 4 of the 5 justices are actually dumb/crazy/evil enough to believe that Americans do not have the right to bear arms. This means that future rulings could easily be controlled by these lunatics.

2) The rulling, while I have not yet read it in its entirety, does not seem to be very firm:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/06/28/us.scotus.handgun.ban/

The court grounded that right in the due process section of the 14th Amendment. The justices, however, said local jurisdictions still retain the flexibility to preserve some “reasonable” gun-control measures currently in place nationwide.

Damn. They gave an inch. NEVER give an inch, not even a reasonable inch, in the defense of liberty. Far too often, “reasonable” gun control measures are simply the same old fascist restrictions but with politicians yammering about “the children.” This was the toehold that Chicago was hoping for; expect them to craft new legislation to continue to strip its citizens of their basic rights. Make it legal to own a handgun so long as you fill out form XYZ-42B… but then never bother to actually print out any copies of form XYZ-42B.

 Posted by at 9:41 am
  • Peter

    I’m wondering if this ruling in any way relates to the snubbing the court got at the last state of the union propaganda statement.

  • admin

    I doubt it. The “conservative judges” and the “liberal judges” voted just the way one might expect them to in this case.

  • I hope Chicagoans take advantage of this ruling and get their guns while they can. Now both Obama AND Mayor Daley will be contributing to gun salesmens’ “unprecedented demand.”

  • So OK, the law isn’t actually struck down yet. But with this ruling, hopefully it will only be a matter of time.

    • publiusr

      The 9th circuit recently ruled against concealed carry–but didn’t they also do a pro-gun finding not long ago?

  • Kelly Starks

    5-4 that the bill of rights applies ni Chicago.

    ;/

    And Stevens didn’t see why people should have the right…. Like he gets to ignore bits of the constitution.