Friday, October 12, 2007

Supreme Court Takes the Case!

In what is undoubtedly the biggest Second Amendment case in over 70 years, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the District of Columbia’s appeal of a lower court ruling that stated their gun ban violated the Second Amendment.

An MSNBC story has only a few paragraphs on the case, but characterizes the appellate court ruling as a “surprise”. Quite frankly, the only “surprising” thing about both the lower court and appellate court ruling is that the judges actually dusted off their history books and read what the Framers said about the right to keep and bear arms.

The MSNBC article correctly states:

“Though the Supreme Court discussed the Second Amendment in a 1939 gun case, the court has never definitively ruled on if the amendment protects an individual's right to own a gun or if it only protects a right of state militias to resist being disarmed by the national government.”

Of course, anyone reading the Bill of Rights honestly in the context of the other documents the Framers left us would say such a ruling by the Supreme Court wouldn’t be necessary as it’s plain as the nose on your face. Unfortunately the march of history and well funded propaganda machines have muddied the waters over time.

I’m hopeful that this case will be a major victory for real Civil Rights activists everywhere. I’ll post more as more news comes along!

Until next time!

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