Thursday, June 26, 2008


By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court ruled for the first time Thursday that the Constitution protects an individual right to own guns, in a 5-4 decision that is likely to reverberate nationwide and spawn wide controversy over firearms control. The momentous decision striking down a Washington, D.C., handgun ban came on the last day of the 2007-2008 term. From the bench, Justice Antonin Scalia declared for the majority that the Second Amendment provides an "individual right to have and use arms in the home."
Well, yippy-yah-yeah, my friends and neighbors. What we good folks here in the South fought and died for is now the "law of the land" for the first time in U.S. History. Sometimes, the supreme court gets it right, I must say. It will be interesting in how this plays out now in the Presidential campaign politics. As a card carrying member of the NRA I am privy to their newsletter. Their take was thusly:

"Anti-gun politicians can no longer deny that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right," said NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. "All law-abiding Americans have a fundamental, God-given right to defend themselves in their homes. Washington, D.C. must now respect that right."

For Heaven's sake, this took that long to figure it all out I guess?! Of course the Founding Fathers meant the 2nd Amendment to be an individual right, otherwise what is the point? What is going to be interesting now is to see if the crime rate in D.C. declines as it has done in states that have instituted a concealed weapon's permit authority for private, law-abiding citizens. I for one am going to purchase a new gun just to celebrate. What was equally hilarious is to watch how quickly Barack Obama came out to agree with the ruling by saying, "today's ruling, the first clear statement on this issue in 127 years, will provide much-needed guidance to local jurisdictions across the country." What the heck does that mean? He went on to say that "common sense" gun laws to protect our "youth" was still needed. Wow, how far the dems have come from the days of Dekakus who said in a live debate with Bush1, that "Only the police and the military should have guns." What is further interesting is that 71% of Americans polled believed the constitution spells out an "individuals" right to have guns. That is a lot given the fact that you cannot get 71% of Americans to agree on anything. But frankly the real reason I'm happy about today's decision, is that it keeps letting me pair my two favorite things which is eloquently dramatized in this video:


Dude said...

You are visible for a brief moment at the end of the video.

Sir Saunders said...

No actually the guy at the end looks more like Swish.

Tom said...

A reporter needs to ask Obama if the court got it right. If he thinks they were right a reporter needs to ask Obama if he has changed his opinion on Alito and Roberts, two guys he has trashed for a year.

E said...

That is exactly the way Swish wanted to go out.

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