Breaking News: DC Gun Ban Struck Down By Supreme Court

Yeah!!!! Score one for the good guys!!!
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.

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

The basic issue for the justices was whether the amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns no matter what, or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for four colleagues, said the Constitution does not permit “the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.”

In dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the majority “would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons.”

He said such evidence “is nowhere to be found.

What a great day this is turning out to be!!!
Thank you God!!

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One Response to “Breaking News: DC Gun Ban Struck Down By Supreme Court”

  1. Citizen Cane [sic] says:

    I’m a bit suprised at such a vehement reaction from an ostensibly ‘religious’ website. Yes, of course, I know that religions always preach violence against heathens, heretics, infidels, etc. when there is a serious conquest or other economic gain in the offing – Moslems impose Reformations; Protestants whine, complain, and knock your house down; Catholics declare Jihads; Jews go on Crusades [or some such, I get confused sometimes] – but, at your relatively personal and ‘Jesus is my savior’ level, the religious much more often adopt an air of pacifism.

    Well, thank God I’m an atheist, because that means that I can hold my views without any taint of hypocrisy. As a red-blooded [and I do mean RED], godless, soulless Socialist, *I* can safely say I am happy for ANY shreds of the Constitution and Bill of Rights that are still left to us – including Amendment Two, but, even more importantly, Article Five, which nominally allows for revolution without violence.

    Although I have no particular hangup about violence, I seek to avoid it simply because [1] The victims are most likely to be working class, eg, people like me; [2] It’s an impractical tool for the working class, since the source of social power is the ownership of industry, not merely the ownership of guns, and therefore the political state can always be more violent; [3] It’s counterproductive until my political views become popular, at which point violence is unnecessary and, therefore, definitively immoral.

    As part of this practical, yet moral, avoidance of violence, Amendment Two is useful. I figure that, if I’m packin’ a rod, that pig is a little less likely to whack me without provocation, unless he and his buddies catch me alone, like Amadou Diallo, in which case I’m done anyway.

    OK, now I’ve had my fun teasing you, but, in all seriousness, I too am happy the Constitution has been upheld, even though I hold religious views completely opposite to yours, and probably very different political views as well [I only glanced at your site].

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