For the first time ever, the Supreme Court ruled on a case involving the restriction of privately owned handguns. It turned out exactly as I predicted in a 5-4 ruling with liberals Ginsberg, Souter, Breyer, and Stevens dissenting. My favorite Justice Scalia, wrote for the majority. Here's part of the article over on Breitbart.com....
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.
Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that an individual right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted.
The Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home," Scalia said. The court also struck down Washington's requirement that firearms be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled, but left intact the licensing of guns.
Scalia noted that the handgun is Americans' preferred weapon of self-defense in part because "it can be pointed at a burglar with one hand while the other hand dials the police."
Excellent ruling today! This ought to shut up, once and for all, the harping by anti-gun nuts and liberals who want an unarmed society in which only the criminals and the government have guns.
UPDATE: From reading the coverage of this slim victory of constitutionalists like me, I've gathered these points: 1. That this victory hinged on how Justice Kennedy felt when he got up this morning is scary. 2. That 4 Justices ruled against the second amendment is even scarier. 3. If Gore or Kerry were President, it would be all but impossible to purchase or own a firearm in America. 4. When Obama becomes President and the liberals control the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ginsberg and maybe Kennedy will almost certainly retire. Ginsberg will be replace by another raving mad liberal, but Kennedy, the lone centrist, will also be replace by a raving mad liberal. Then the balance of the court will be 5 liberals to 4 conservatives. Then you'd better hide your guns.