Monday, June 28, 2010
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of the Second Amendment
In a 5-4 decision(scary), the Supreme Court Of the United States ruled that the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution also applies to the states, and to local governments. Another good decision by SCOTUS along the lines of Heller. The case brought before the court was McDonald vs Chicago, the plaintiff is a man by the name of Otis McDonald, who challenged the City of Chicago's 30-year ban on handguns because he wanted to have a pistol in his home to defend himself against gangs in his neighborhood. Several amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs were filed in this case, most notably from Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R, Texas), John Tester (D, Montana), and Representatives Mark Souder (R, Indiana) and Mike Ross (D, Arkansas). 58 Senators and 251 Representatives signed the brief, the most of any amicus curiae brief in U.S. history. I'm hoping that this a sign that The Supreme Court and Congress may finally be adhering to the Constitution, rather than some cobbled-together set of "laws" based on early 20th Century Progressivism and European/Marxist doctrine.