DC V. HELLER: AFFIRMED.
Hallelujah, there’s still at least 5 people in power who think the Constitution means something. It’s kind of sad that I’m so overjoyed by such a simple affirmation of what is already there in black and white but we’ve just been going down the wrong path for so long…
For those not following this, DC v. Heller, it’s a case brought before the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the DC gun bans. However, their affirmation of the 2nd amendment extends far beyond DC: Chicago, New York, and other cities and states have similar laws in effect that are now ready for striking under this decision. Here’s the affirmation, straight from the decision released by the Court:
The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditional lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
Emphasis mine, but look at that! Three of the biggest anti-gun arguments I hear every day shattered in one fell swoop! Thank GOD for those justices right now. I feel like going outside and doing a happy dance.
For those wanting to know more, here are some great related links, which can then be followed for yet more links:
- Prester Scott’s writeup on the case.
- Chris Byrne’s take on things.
- SCOTUSblog’s summary of the decision.
- SCOTUSblog on what’s next.
- Videos from NBC and CNN.
To quote Prester Scott: “We won. The Constitution won. Liberty won. Common sense and rationality won. It’s a fine day in America.”