Saturday update: IBD, Obama Riding High in the Straddle.
Almost makes today's massive stock market plunge more palatable to know the Highest Court in the Land got it right on gun rights, reaffirming an individual's right to bear arms (as enumerated in the Second Amendment), even in the District of Columbia. The decision effectively overturns a 32-year ban on hand guns in the District, as it should have.
This is especially good news after the Court's pathetic decision yesterday banning the death penalty for child molesters.
This from today's Washington Times:
"The Supreme Court this morning struck down the District's 32-year-old ban on handguns, ruling that the right to bear arms as guaranteed in the Second Amendment applies to individuals and not only to militias.
"In a 5-4 decision, the justices' landmark ruling affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March of last year that gutted much of the District's stringent gun statutes. Justice Antonin G. Scalia wrote the court's majority opinion.
"In sum, we hold that the Districts ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense," Justice Antonin G. Scalia wrote in the court's majority opinion."
I mean who in the world decided 32 years ago that individuals in the District were exempt from the 2nd? And what, praytell, took so long to challenge this absolutely unconstitutional and nanny state decision? Well anyway, good for us now. Good for the individual rights of the citizens of D.C. and good for the Supreme Court.