21 November 2007

2nd Amendment

The blogosphere and the internets are full of buzz about the recent decision by the SCOTUS to hear the case of District of Columbia v. Heller.

Mike Bane is all over it, with a fantastic compilation of learned experts weighing in with their opinions.

From what I've read, the swing vote could come down to Kennedy, which is scary as hell. I'd feel much more comfortable with a rock solid majority.... Using Kennedy's own words, "I don't lose sleep at night thinking about how to protect the Second Amendment." If that doesn't give you warm fuzzies, I don't know what will.

I figure there are three possible outcomes here.

1. coming down solidly on the side of the individual right to bear arms
2. coming down solidly on the side of giving government the ability to limit that right
3. something vague in the middle that leaves us no better or worse than we are now.

Others have said that no matter which way the Supremes go, it'll be good for gun owners. Figuring if the Court rules in our favor, life is good - and if the Court rules against us, it'll give the 50 million or so gun owners in the country a good reason to jump up and get active in our political scene.

I'm frankly nervous as hell. The Supremes have done little to assuage my paranoia as of late, need I say Kelo?
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