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EDITORIAL: The new battleground for gun rights--High court decision expands Second Amendment
The Washington Times ^ | June 28, 2010 | Editorial

Posted on 06/28/2010 5:27:47 PM PDT by jazusamo

The Supreme Court yesterday gunned down the Windy City's attempt to undermine the Second Amendment rights of its residents. In the closely divided McDonald v. Chicago decision, the justices expanded on 2008's District of Columbia v. Heller ruling by making it clear that the right of the people to keep and bear arms applies in all 50 states, not just federal enclaves like the District. Law-abiding gun owners can find a lot to celebrate in this decision.

Nonetheless, the court left a number of unsettled issues that will form the new battleground for gun rights for years to come. The decision recognized that certain ownership restrictions might be permissible without specifying acceptable limits. With the First Amendment, another "incorporated" right, the government decided that certain types of political speech should be limited through campaign-finance regulations. In the name of "protecting safety," we can expect bureaucrats to likewise concoct schemes to evade the Second Amendment protections.

The District, for example, rewrote its rules in the wake of Heller so that they would be only slightly less restrictive. In effect, guns are still banned in the nation's capital for all but the most persistent and wealthy individuals. The city requires two tests and four trips to the police station and payment of up to $550 before one can get a handgun permit. A whole class of handguns - semiautomatics with magazines - is still forbidden. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley promises to follow the District's lead and make gun ownership even more costly in his town.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; mcdonald; mcdonaldvchicago; secondamendment; shallnotbeinfringed; sotomayor

1 posted on 06/28/2010 5:27:51 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Major difference now is that the 2nd has been Incorporated. Mayor Daley will be personally sued for violation of rights. Maybe when he’s penniless from defending himself in these lawsuits, he’ll give up. If not, he’ll have nothing when it’s over.


2 posted on 06/28/2010 5:34:59 PM PDT by BCR #226 (07/02 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: jazusamo

The decision did NOT expand the Second Amendment....it simply acknowledges what was/is.

Damn.


3 posted on 06/28/2010 5:37:00 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: jazusamo

“Settled Law” now.


4 posted on 06/28/2010 5:37:51 PM PDT by AU72
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To: BCR #226
Maybe when he’s penniless from defending himself

That'd be nice, but when it finally gets through his thick skull he'll have a change of heart and maybe crawl back under his rock.

5 posted on 06/28/2010 5:40:06 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Exactly! affirms, uncontracts, reasserts, disgronifies, makes clear to blithering idiots, all those but NOT expands.


6 posted on 06/28/2010 5:41:15 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: Lee'sGhost

You’re correct but I think they meant expanded the Heller case to all states.


7 posted on 06/28/2010 5:43:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

“Shortshanks” Dick Daley is just a punk, and a semi-literate one, at that.


8 posted on 06/28/2010 5:44:12 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: AU72

Nothing is “settled” with libs on the loose. They’ll reverse anything anywhere to get what they want.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 5:46:54 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Lee'sGhost
The decision did NOT expand the Second Amendment....it simply acknowledges what was/is.

That bugged me too. AP said "extend". What a crock! Damn leftists!

10 posted on 06/28/2010 5:48:00 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If Bam is the answer, the question was stupid.)
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To: jazusamo
In case anybody is still under the illusion that the "rule of law" is anything other than what the guy with the most judges in his pocket says it is , I give you today's 5-4 vote.

So these 4 scumbags can just vote to nullify the 2nd amendment without consequence?

So if the communist in chief gets to appoint a third sex pervert bull dyke marxist SOB to the Supreme Court, all of a sudden the original intent of the Founders with respect to the Constitution means nothing?

WAR is on the horizon.

11 posted on 06/28/2010 5:51:53 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Rome2000

The “shocker” is that 4 of the so-called supremes voted against the 2nd amendment. These leftists are truly in need of an education.


12 posted on 06/28/2010 6:52:59 PM PDT by hal ogen ($10 (I think) amounts through the internet from all over the world.)
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To: jazusamo
I'm not sure why any of this really matters... handguns have been banned in Chicago for decades and I've been packing every time I've been to Chicago and will continue to do so.

I really don't give a damn what shorty says... if I am forced to visit that sad-sack liberal city, my iron goes with me.

13 posted on 06/28/2010 6:56:05 PM PDT by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: jazusamo; All

Now if they will allow veterans with 100% disabality and a caregiver, to have a fire arm again!


14 posted on 06/28/2010 7:01:51 PM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25)
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To: Rome2000
if the communist in chief gets to appoint a third sex pervert bull dyke marxist SOB to the Supreme Court,

Great description, if I don't say so myself (from a non-wise, non-latina ;^)

We shouldn't be too hard on these communist wanna-bees. Let's say a couple of cities go up in smoke, for instance, it's possible they might have reservations and possibly a change of heart at the sight of all the death and mayhem brought by those who put them in office. (Liberals Gone Wild)

15 posted on 06/28/2010 7:10:04 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: jazusamo

All it means is that Chicago will, like NYC and other enclaves, pass laws laying out criteria for handgun permit ownership that will, in essence, limit ownership to the point of making this win meaningless. See, for example, how D.C has already enacted draconian regulations that have satisfied the courts as reasonable.


16 posted on 06/28/2010 8:36:09 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr

I agree. The ruling was stupid...and dangerous. Using Alito’s logic...cities could start up a poll tax again.

2nd amendment rights are inalienable. That means that those rights exist because we exist...not because some black robe judge says it exists...and not because a piece of paper called the Constitution codified it.

The ruling could have been explained in one page...instead it took over 200.


17 posted on 06/28/2010 9:19:47 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: Rome2000

You sort of said it all, but here’s the big picture:

They are really suggesting that the states’ legislatures may decided for themselves whether to engage in useless feel good nullification of the second amendment. In Montana, you would have more guns than people and no crime. In Chicago, you would have no registered guns and a murder a minute. It’s up to the states.

The irony is that the states are circumscribed on abortion, G-d forbid anyone has to drive to a Liberal state for that! Read Roe v. Wade about a “right” under the “penumbra” of 4 amendments that apply to all states.

The historical analogy though is the court packing scheme of the 30’s to push through a socialist agenda. If Manhattan Bull Dyke slips by and one more judge dies, you better move to Montana or Idaho.


18 posted on 06/29/2010 5:51:56 AM PDT by jschwartz
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