Friday, June 27, 2008
Justice Scalia Writes Supreme Court Opinion Striking Down Washington D.C. Ban on Handguns
While North Korea has blown up its nuclear power plants cooling stack, the U.S. Supreme Court has blown up Washington D.C.'s ban on handgun ownership. The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision overturns D.C.'s handgun ban. The ruling reinforced the Second Amendment ratified in 1791. In 1939, our Supreme Court declared, "We cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear" arms. But this historic 2008 ruling hods for the first time that the Constitution confers an individual right to gun ownership. According to Justice Scalia, the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."
While gun advocates danced in the street in Washington, D.C., in Chicago they filed suit to overturn Chicago's ban on hand guns. Major Dailey publicly expressed his displeasure with the Court's ruling on the D.C. law. He publicly questioned whether this will lead to going back to a time that disputes were settled on the streets with guns. Open up your eyes major, the Chicago law has not taken guns out of the hands of criminals or gang members. Quite simply, criminals who break the law most likely break hand gun laws too...