Thursday, June 26, 2008

If you have been following the Heller case, here is the opinion: "D.C.’s laws are invalidated. The handgun ban is unconstitutional" (via Instapundit).



Blogger Joe said...

I've not read the whole opinion, but of what I have read, I find the dissent laughably bad. It has the same style of tortured "feel good" logic as yesterday's child rape case. It's time for both term limits and IQ tests for supreme court justices.

1:19 PM, June 26, 2008  
Blogger Larry J said...

I find it amazing that this was a 5-4 decision. It should've been a slam-dunk. As much as I don't trust McCain, it's rulings like this that will likely get me to vote for him (more accurately stated, to vote against Obama). I shutter to think of the kind of judges Obama would nominate to the Supreme Court.

1:55 PM, June 26, 2008  
Blogger Helen said...


I agree, it seemed to me the dissent consisted of whether liberal judges approved, rather than legalities.

2:09 PM, June 26, 2008  
Blogger TMink said...

Over the last two days the Supreme Court has told us that it is unconstitutional for the 50 States to execute a criminal who rapes a 6year old child so severely that she needs corrective surgery, and it has also told us that we have an individual constitutional right to own a handgun.

Is the Supreme Court hinting that when our child is viciously raped we should just shoot the bastard ourselves and save the States the trouble?


2:15 PM, June 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate having something more or less definite from the SCOTUS - it's long past due. Not sure the decision was as...decisive as it could have been, but at least it was a decision.

I have a feeling gun-control governments are now going to make heavy use of economic "regulation" to keep weapons out of our hands. Hang on to the firearms you have - in the future, it may be harder to buy new ones.

3:08 PM, June 26, 2008  
Blogger Peregrine John said...

Trey: No, but a higher reality is.

4:33 PM, June 26, 2008  
Blogger Francis W. Porretto said...

Unconstitutional? Yes: It is and always was. But just wait until the chiselers get to work.

6:07 PM, June 26, 2008  
Blogger TMink said...

PeregrineJ, I got ya brother.


6:38 PM, June 26, 2008  
Blogger Sebastian said...

A great day... and for me a tremendously busy day. Following the opinion and all the reactions has been information overload.

12:01 AM, June 27, 2008  
Blogger Big Mark said...

My real fear is not that of the thug that breaks into my home today.
My fear is of the consequences of our economy.
Soon the citizens of this country will not be able to afford the life styles they live.
Most will resort to illegal activities to supply their own addictions.
That is was worries me.
I am prepared to defend my home and even use my weapon.
The government taught me how to do this and I have became quite acclimated to the procedure.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men are willing to do violence on their behalf.

I might need help. That is My View , My Opinion.

Dr. Helen, I really enjoy your site.I have benefited form your post.

12:24 AM, June 27, 2008  
Blogger DADvocate said...

That is decision was so close is scary. I listened to McCain be interviewed on a local radio station this morning. On this critical issue he stands in the right place. I will vote for him.

Entirely coincidentally, my oldest son bought himself a new rifle yesterday. And, my sons and I did a little target shooting. I fully appreciated the significance of being able to do so.

10:09 AM, June 27, 2008  
Blogger Trust said...

I read a column by EJ Dionne (shame on me, but anyway) where he railed that conservatives always talk about leaving things to local governments and the democracy rather than courts, then they overturn laws. A commenter then went on to rail that conservatives praise justices for gun law abolition and then blast them as actvists over the gitmo ruling.

I was thinking, are we really that far gone? In the gun ruling, the democratic laws he spoke of were clearly in violation of the constitution, therefore it was right of the court to rule it unconstitutional. One's opinion on gun laws is irrelevant.

On the other hand, the courts overturning democratically passed laws on abortion, for example, is activism since the constitution is silent. One's position on abortion is irrelevant, it should not be the place of 5 of 9 people to write laws.

The founding fathers did not think the court needed to be big for poeple to decide the following: is the law constitutional, or is it unconstitutional. Now judges just insert their opinions in place of law.

That makes it a despotic branch. It will be even worse when the messiah takes office next year.

10:55 AM, June 28, 2008  
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