Thursday, June 26, 2008

Supreme Court Decides 2nd Amendment Ruling

This is a big one, folks. This decided the issue of whether or not the right to bear arms is in fact a PERSONAL right. This came about because (DC v. Heller) in Washington DC it is illegal to even OWN a handgun in your own home (and consequently has one of the highest crime rates in the whole country). If this is ruled the way it should be, that idiotic law will be overturned, and people will once again be able to defend themselves.

At 10:00 exactly, the Marshal of the Court will gavel the Court into session and the Justices will walk into the Chamber.
The Court will then release the 3 opinions in order of the seniority of the author of the principal opinion: most junior to most senior.

So, Davis v. FEC will almost certainly be the first opinion released because Justice Alito is likely the author.

We will know the result in the Heller case almost immediately -- i.e., affirmed, reversed, or vacated and remanded. But the nuances will be critical and we won't get the opinion itself for a few minutes. So be patient.

My prediction: 5-4 in favor of personal rights. I hope.

UPDATE: has a live blogging of the decision.

UPDATE!! Heller Affirmed!

The Court has released the opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290), on whether the District’s firearms regulations – which bar the possession of handguns and require shotguns and rifles to be kept disassembled or under trigger lock – violate the Second Amendment. The ruling below, which struck down the provisions in question, is affirmed.

The Constitution LIVES!

UPDATE: I was right! 5-4. I win.

Oh, and the most beautiful part:

1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a
firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for
traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

Frakin' perfect.

1 comment:

Zack said...

Huzzah! and pass another round