A Victory For The Second Amendment…For Now

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Constitution’s “right to keep and bear arms” applies nationwide as a restraint on the ability of the federal, state and local governments to substantially limit its reach.

Just as in as with the Washington, DC Heller case in 2008, the ruling was 5-4.

The voting fell among the usual conservative/liberal lines on the court. This is how close we are to losing our 2nd Amendment rights. One vote. Next time you are in the voting booth, remember this. Republicans aren’t perfect, by any means, but at least we know that we can count on the GOP to support our right to bear arms.

For an excellent background on gun rights, and I do meant excellent, read this.

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Here are some eye popping excerpts:

Racism created gun control in America. Confronted with the prospect of armed freedmen who could stand up for their rights, states across the South instituted gun-control regimes that took away the ability of blacks to defend themselves against the depravity of the Klan.

Since the Heller case invalidated the District of Columbia’s handgun ban two years ago, Chicago has served as the gun-control capital of the United States. Not coincidentally, Chicago is a dangerous place to live. Two weekends ago, 52 people were shot, eight fatally. Local politicians frequently ponder calling out the National Guard to patrol Chicago’s streets.

A generation from now, legal and policy discussions will look back and see gun control for the sham that it has always been. The real shame is that it took decades of political action, millions of dollars in litigation, and thousands of lives lost to end the preposterous idea that governments can reduce the number of victims of violent crime by first taking away their means of resistance.

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