Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Very Important Case for the Supremes to Take

The Supreme Court is deciding whether to take one of the most important cases to reach them in a long while. That is the case of the Right to Bear Arms by private citizens.
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices have track records that make predicting their rulings on many topics more than a mere guess. Then there is the issue of the Second Amendment and guns, about which the court has said virtually nothing in nearly 70 years.

That could change in the next few months.

The justices are facing a decision about whether to hear an appeal from city officials in Washington, D.C., wanting to keep the capital's 31-year ban on handguns. A lower court struck down the ban as a violation of the Second Amendment rights of gun ownership.

The prospect that the high court might define gun rights under the Constitution is making people on both sides of the issue nervous.


The Second Amendment reads: ''A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.''

The federal appeals court for the District of Columbia was the first federal panel to strike down a gun-control law based on individual rights. The court ruled in favor of Dick Anthony Heller, an armed security guard whose application to keep a handgun at home was denied by the district.

Most other U.S. courts have said the Second Amendment does not contain a right to have a gun for purely private purposes.

The outcome of this case, if the SCOTUS takes it, will have a major impact on our nation. If the SCOTUS rules in favor of private ownership of guns, then our nation will be safer and Gov't kept in check. But if they rule the other way, you may as well kiss you other Rights guaranteed by the Constitution good-bye, because there will be nothing to stop the Gov't from enacting tyrannical laws (especially if the Donks take control of Congress and the White House).

Our Founding Fathers enacted the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution for a reason, for citizens to protect themselves from enemies, both foreign and domestic, but primarily, they knew that Americans needed to protect themselves from their own Gov't.

Mr Minority