Saturday, March 10, 2007

Call Me Gun-Shy

Yesterday a DC Circuit Court overturned our laws banning handguns. The conservative judges reinterpreted the 1939 ruling by the US Supreme Court, it seems to me, by completely ignoring the Second Amendment's compound sentence structure:

"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."

As far as I know, none of the plaintiffs belong to a militia. But no matter to this court of conservative judges who apparently have no problem with "judicial activism" if it supports their own issues.

As further evidence of this decision's infamy, offers this unbelievable bit of news:

"It’s not often these days that courts approvingly cite Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court’s 1857 decision holding that blacks could not be U.S. citizens. But Dred Scott made a surprising cameo today in another divisive constitutional issue, providing ammunition for a federal circuit court conclusion that the Second Amendment overrides the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns."

Read here to get the full story, then pray for us that this decision is overturned:

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