Shall not be infringed… period

Just when a lot of us were pushing for Congress to abolish the Supreme Court and start afresh… the Gang of Nine goes and does something right:

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun control in U.S. history.

The court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the District of Columbia’s 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment. The decision went further than even the Bush administration wanted, but probably leaves most firearms restrictions intact.

The court had not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

This is HUGE, folks. With the high court’s track record of late I wasn’t expecting the ruling to go this way at all. Whether you like guns or think they’re simply icky… fact is the Second Amendment is what gives teeth to the Constitution. Without this right we may as well kiss the rest of them goodbye. And even if D.C. were a state, their sovereignty under the 10th Amendment wouldn’t apply here because this right is specifically spelled out in the Constitution. Congrats for putting on your reading glasses for a change, SCOTUS.

Sweeeeet day for America…

Click here for a pdf of the full text of the decision.


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I wish I could share the joy that so many people seem to be getting from this ruling, but like I’ve said over and over again the 5-4 margin doesn’t leave me feeling very good.

It’s like a tiny reprieve, but it just doesn’t settle well with me. How long before the left finally stacks the court in their favor and gets the issue revisited?

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